Chinese eves beat Aussies 1-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> A 23rd minute goal gave defending champions China a 1-0 win over Australia in a Champions Trophy women's field hockey match.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Fu Baorong's 23rd minute goal gave defending champions China a 1-0 win over Australia in a Champions Trophy women's field hockey match. The Australians may well rue the result, having failed to convert four penalty corners late in the match. Argentina and China, with two wins and a draw apiece, lead the standings with seven points each after three matches, followed by Australia who have recorded two wins and a loss. There was controversy as the Netherlands beat South Korea 4-3 in the women's Champions Trophy. Bad decisions The Dutch received several questionable penalty corners, two of which they scored from, and were awarded eight in all compared to South Korea's two. Ageeth Boomgaardt notched the game's opener for the Dutch in the sixth minute, but South Korea would score three goals in eight minutes either side of the half-time break. The Netherlands sealed the win in the second half with three goals though, the decider scored by Macha van der Vaart in the 61st minute. South Korean captain Kim Seong-eun was sent off just before the match ended for hooking an opponent with her stick. After the full-time siren, South Korean coach Kim Sang-ryul raced onto the field waving vigorously at the Australian umpire in protest of several questionable decisions. England go down England's women put up a brave fight against world champions Argentina, but were undone by two goals in six second-half minutes as they lost 2-0, their third straight defeat. They have yet to register a win in their short history at this annual tournament for the world's top six – they made their first appearance at the same event in China last year – and this latest result made it eight successive defeats in nine Trophy matches. England held out until five minutes after half-time when Luciana Aymar scored after a driving run into the circle by Ines Arrondo. In the 46th minute Aymar and Agustina Garcia combined down the right to set up Marina di Giacomo for the second. The rain may have sluiced down before China and Australia's match, but the weather did nothing to dampen the competitive spirits. Even so, despite a number of chances for both sides, there was only one goal scored. The Netherlands and South Korea, 1-2, are tied for fourth place with three points each, while England have lost all three of their games in the competition. The teams have the day off on Wednesday. On Thursday, China plays South Korea, England takes on the Netherlands and Australia plays Argentina. The top two teams after round-robin then meet in Sunday's gold medal final. (AP)

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