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China beat England 2-1 in opening fixture

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China started brightly in  the opening match of the CFA International Women’s Football Tournament in China, with Shuang Wang scoring in just five minutes.  She was on target again just before half time although Eni Aluko halved the deficit in injury time. 

Chelsea defender Gilly Flaherty made her debut and team mates Drew Spence and Laura Coombs made late cameos for their senior team debuts while Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott earnt her 99th cap.

England’s second and final match in the tournament, also known as the Dewellbon Cup, is against World Cup quarter finalists Australia on Tuesday 27 October.


China: 12 Fei Wang, 2 Shanshan Liu, 6 Donga Li (C), 7 Yanlu Xu, 9 Shanshan Wang, 11 Shuang Wang, 14 Rong Zhao, 15 Jiahui Lei, 18 Peng Han, 19 Ruyin Tan, 24 Jiao Xue

Substitutes: 21 Lisi Wang for Han 56, 10 Ying Li for Lei 64, 16 Jiahui Lou for Xu 64, 28 Meizi Jiang for Tan 74

Substitutes not used: 1 Yue Zhang, 4 Jiayue Li, 5 Haiyan Wu, 13 Jiali Tang, 17 Yasha Gu, 22 Lina Zhao, 23 Guixin Ren, 26 Li Yang.

Goals: Shuang Wang 5, 45

Head coach: Bruno Bini

England: 1 Karen Bardsley (Manchester City); 15 Alex Scott (Arsenal), 5 Steph Houghton (C; Manchester City), 12 Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea); 6 Jill Scott (Manchester City), 4 Jo Potter (Birmingham City), 8 Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City); 2 Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), 11 Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), 19 Lianne Sanderson (Portland Thorns), 7 Gemma Davison (Chelsea).

Substitutes: 3 Demi Stokes (Manchester City) for Bronze 65, 9 Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns) for Sanderson 74, 17 Drew Spence (Chelsea) for Davison 84, 18 Laura Coombs (Chelsea) for Christiansen 89.

Substitutes not used: 13 Rachael Laws (Sunderland), 21 Mary Earps (Bristol Academy), 10 Fran Kirby (Chelsea), 14 Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), 16 Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), 20 Beth Mead (Sunderland).

Goal: Aluko 45

Bookings: Potter

Head coach: Mark Sampson

Attendance: 12,000

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