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S. Korea draw with China 2-2 at AFC U-16 Women's Championship opener

2017/09/10 22:28

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SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Sunday tied 2-2 with China in a grueling opening match at the AFC U-16 Women's Championship held in Thailand.

In the match held at the Institute of Physical Education Stadium in Chonburi, South Korea gave up their first goal to Zhang Linyan's right-foot shot 11 minutes in to the game.

Korea's Hwang Ah-hyeon leveled the match with an equalizer 14 minutes into the second half, and Kim Bit-na added another point nine minutes later. The South Koreans seemed certain to win until Tang Han salvaged a crucial point to end the game in a 2-2 draw.

South Korea will face fellow Group A competitors Thailand and Laos on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. The top two teams will elevate to the next round.

The country won the AFC U-16 Women's Championship in 2009 but has not been able to reach the top three rankings since.