Saturday, November 26, 2005

China and Australia women draw in Central Coast

China and Australia's national womens' team, the Qantas Matildas drew 0-0 with in the first of a two-match series played last night in Gosford, NSW, prior to the Hyundai A-League game between Central Coast Mariners and Queensland Roar. Although China is ranked ninth in the world, seven positions above Australia, this was the fourth consecutive match the Australian defence has kept the opposition scoreless following on from the team’s successful tour of the USA last month.

Australia and China will play a second international ahead of next week’s Round 15 A-League 'blockbuster' between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory at Aussie Stadium on Saturday 3 December. Before then the two teams will also have a practise match at the Mingara Recreational Club on the Central Coast on Thursday 1 December. The Chinese will round out their tour schedule with a practise match against the Qantas Young Matildas also at Mingara on Monday 28 November.

The qualifying tournament for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup is currently scheduled for July next year, with both the final tournament and the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in China.

UPDATE

The Qantas Matildas concluded their series against China with a scoreless draw at Aussie Stadium in Sydney (3 Dec). Australia currently ranked 16th in the world - seven places behind China - have defeated China only twice in 21 encounters prior to this series.

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