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China kept their World Cup hopes alive after overcoming an early red card.

Wang shuang converted the penalty in their 1-0 win over Haiti at Hindsmarch Stadium in Adelaide.

From kick off, China were in control of the game and nearly went ahead in the 16th minute when Lou Jiahui attempted a bicycle kick that fell into the hands of Haiti goalkeeper Kerly Theus. The game changed in the 29th minute when China midfielder Zhang Rui was shown a straight red after a challenge on Sherly Jeudy. Although Haiti had the advantage, they failed to make the most it by having a goal disallowed cor offside just before half time and missed an opportunity to secure what would have been their country’s first World Cup point. With not much action happening in the second half, the deadlock was finally broken after a clumsy challenge from Ruthny Mathurin on Zhang Linyan. Up stepped Wang who smashed the ball into the back of the net in the 74th minute to give her side the lead. In the 92nd minute, referee Marta Huerta de Aza awarded Haiti a penalty following what looked like a clear foul by Wu Chengshu on Roseline Eloissaint but following a check from the video assistant referee, Huerta De Aza reviewed that decision on a pitchside monitor and changed her mind. Haiti had more penalty shouts which were waved away and shortly after the referee blew the final whistle with China taking all three points. This was a big win for China who now face England on Tuesday. Haiti are still searching for their first points although could still qualify if they beat Denmark and other results fall in their favour.

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