Chinese women lift Champions Trophy beating Argentina

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Hosts China won their first ever major international hockey title after a dramatic penalty stroke victory over Argentina in the final of the women's Champions T

Macau:

Hosts China won their first ever major international hockey title after a dramatic penalty stroke victory over Argentina in the final of the women's Champions Trophy tournament in Macau on Sunday. China struck twice in the first half through Mai Shoo Yan in the 17th minute and then through Hou Xiao Lan in the 27th minute in a half that no team created a clear tactical advantage, other than for China on the scoreboard. The second half was all China until the Argentine coach Sergio Vigil made a tactical change in the 62nd minute and pushed mercurial forward Lucia Aymar into the striker line, and played with one fewer defender. The move worked, with Aymar feeding Vanina Oneto for her two goals within four minutes of each other to take the game to 2-2 and force extra time and then the penalty shootout. China's giant keeper Nie Ya Li was the heroine, saving three of Argentina's four penalty strokes to give China an unbeatable 3-1 lead and her team the championship. In the bronze medal match, Netherlands came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Australia 4-3 in extra time.

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