China makes shocking World Cup exit

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

The unexpected defeat of the Chinese national women's soccer team to Canada in the quarterfinals has shocked millions of fans.

China makes shocking World Cup exit

Beijing:

The unexpected defeat of the Chinese national women's soccer team to Canada in the quarterfinals as well as retirement announcement by captain Sun Wen has shocked millions of fans in this world's most populated nation. "It was really heartbreaking to see the final result of a match dominated by our team," Zhang Hui, a college student and ardent fan of the Steel Roses, said after Canada defeated China 1-0.Another teenager, Wang Hua, who watched the live coverage of China's progress in the World Cup, which had to be shifted to the United States from the communist nation in view of the outbreak of Severe Accute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic here earlier this year, summed up her reaction in one word: "shocking", according to the Xinhua news agency. "We were unlucky not to have scored," she said, "and there was no need for Sun to retire from the game as she tried her best to equalise". The agency commented that the Chinese team's poor finishing cost them the match. "The Chinese women dominated the North Americans but their poor finish ability took its toll, sent home with only three goals from four matches," the agency report said. "The Steel Roses, whose beautiful passing game won hearts of the millions of American fans four years ago by finishing runners-up, proved they have already been past their prime," it said. (PTI)



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