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Korea 0-0 China as EAFF E-1 starts

Dec 11,2019
The Korean women’s football team walks off the field after playing to a 0-0 draw against China during the EAFF E-1 Football Championship in Busan Gudeok Stadium in Busan on Tuesday. [NEWS1]
Korea played China to a scoreless draw to open an East Asian women’s football tournament at home on Tuesday, unable to deliver a win in Englishman Colin Bell’s coaching debut with the Taeguk Ladies.

The two Asian sides had few serious chances to kick off with a win at the women’s competition of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship at Busan Gudeok Stadium in Busan.

In the four-nation tournament, Korea will next face Chinese Taipei at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday at Busan Asiad Main Stadium. The final match will be against Japan at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Gudeok.

Korea’s only EAFF title came at the inaugural event in 2005.

China nearly opened the scoring just three minutes into the contest, with defender Liu Shanshan jumping in on offense and curling a shot just wide of the left post.

Korea’s best chance in the first half came on a free kick in the 28th minute.

From just outside the box, midfielder Jang Chang drove a shot over the Chinese wall and toward the top right-hand corner, with goalkeeper Peng Shimeng punching out the ball at the last second to keep it a 0-0 affair.

In the opening moments of the second half, Chinese substitute Yang Li rattled a shot off the left post. Korea dodged another bullet in the 55th minute, when Li Ying, another sub for China, nearly stripped Korean keeper Yoon Young-geul of the ball right in front of the net.

In the 68th, Son Hwa-yeon’s header off a Kim Hye-ri cross sailed over the bar for Korea. Son had another good look at the net the next minute, as she got behind the defense for a one-on-one chance against Peng. But the Korean forward only managed a weak shot that rolled straight to the Chinese goalkeeper.