On the second day of women’s Olympic soccer competition, China defeated South Africa 2-0 at the Olympic Stadium.
Both team’s exchanged scoring chances in the first 20 minutes, but neither could find a breakthrough.
China began to establish dominance in the latter stage of the first half. In the 36th minute Li Yang had two consecutive open headers, but could not covert. The first was saved by South African goalkeeper Roxanne Barker and the second went wide of the goal.
Against the run of play, South Africa nearly took the lead as Janine van Wyk shot a half volley that struck off the crossbar in the 44th minute.
However, just before halftime China’s Yasha Gu put her team in front as she took a through ball and struck her shot into the back of the net.
South Africa put some pressure on China early in the second half as they looked for an equalizer, but could not take advantage as China reestablished its control on the game.
China had a few chances to double its lead midway through the second half, but Barker came up big with multiple saves for South Africa to keep her side in it.
Then, in the 87th minute Ruyin Tan scored on a wonder strike from just inside midfield to give China a 2-0 lead.
China earned three points with the victory and has three points through two matches. South Africa remains at zero points.
China and South Africa play their final group stage matches on Tuesday at 9:00 pm ET. South Africa takes on host nation Brazil while China faces off against Sweden.