In a thrilling match at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, China’s Women’s World Cup campaign received a significant boost as they secured their first victory in Group D by defeating Haiti with a score of 1-0. Despite being reduced to 10 players for over an hour of the game, the Steel Roses showed remarkable determination and resilience to claim the win.
The breakthrough moment for China came in the 74th minute when substitute Wang Shuang, the 2018 Asian Women’s Footballer of the Year, confidently converted a penalty after Zhang Linyan was brought down clumsily by Haiti’s Ruthny Mathurin.
China took control of possession right from the kick-off, and in the 16th minute, they came close to taking the lead in spectacular fashion when Lou Jiahui attempted an acrobatic shot on goal. However, the attempt lacked power and was easily saved by Haiti goalkeeper Kerly Theus.
The momentum shifted drastically in the 29th minute when China’s midfielder Zhang Rui was shown a straight red card for a reckless high tackle on Sherly Jeudy. With a player advantage, Haiti tried to capitalize on the situation and had a goal disallowed for offside just before half-time.
Throughout the second half, Haiti launched relentless attacks, with substitute Melchie Dumornay testing China’s goalkeeper Zhu Yu with a well-placed side-footed shot. However, China’s defense remained resolute, thwarting the Caribbean side’s attempts to find the back of the net.
Despite being a player down, China displayed commendable team spirit and determination. Wang Shuang’s clinical penalty proved to be the decisive moment of the match, securing a historic victory for the Asian side.
With this crucial win, China now has three points from two games in Group D. They are set to face England on Tuesday in what promises to be an intense encounter. Meanwhile, Haiti, who have suffered two defeats and have no points, still have a chance to progress if they can secure a victory against Denmark on the same day and other results work in their favor.
The victory against Haiti has not only kept China’s hopes alive in the tournament but also added further excitement to the unpredictable nature of the Women’s World Cup 2023. As the tournament progresses, teams continue to showcase their skills and determination, making it an exhilarating spectacle for football fans worldwide.