Russia's Cup Run Ended by China, 2-0
- By Martha Mendoza
- Jul. 02 1999 00:00
SAN JOSE, California -- Pu Wei and Jin Yan scored as China, one of the tournament favorites, beat Russia 2-0 in the quarterfinals in the Women's World Cup.
China moved on to a semifinal match Sunday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, against Norway after the defending champion defeated Sweden 3-1 Wednesday night
The score wasn't indicative of the one-sided nature of the game, most of which was played in the Russian half.
The Chinese peppered goalkeeper Svetlana Petko with 24 shots and the Russians, surprise quarterfinalists in their first World Cup, got off only two shots while spending most of the time chasing Chinese attackers.
Russia's strongest attacker, Irina Grigoriyeva, who led the tournament going into the game with four assists, was stymied with defensive duty back in the penalty area.
Chinese midfielder Pu was the first to score, kicking a slow, bouncing shot from outside the penalty box late in the first half. Petko, perhaps tired from about a dozen earlier saves, reacted late and watched the ball slide past the tips of her gloves.
The baby of the Chinese team at 18, Pu fell to her knees, thrilled with her first World Cup goal, before jumping up in glee.
China scored again 10 minutes into the second half, when Jin knocked in the rebound of a shot that hit the post.
The Russian loss was not unexpected. The team was one of the surprises in the tournament, advancing from its group with victories over Japan and Canada.
Russia's defenders used an array of tactics to keep China from running up the score, pushing themselves, and the law, to the limit.
In the 16th minute, Russian defender Natalya Karasseva was carried off the field on a stretcher after being cracked across the face diving to head a ball clear of the goal. After an ice pack and some rest, she returned to play.
Later in the first half, Tatyana Tcheverda was penalized with a yellow card when she batted the ball away with her hand.