Debate rages after China's 16-goal romp

Sports | 22 Aug 2018

Impassioned debate raged in China about the state of the men's national football team after the Chinese women's side thrashed Tajikistan 16-0.

Wang Shanshan plundered nine goals as China ran riot in Palembang.

China's women, who consistently outshine their male counterparts on the international stage, have easily won two games out of two at the Games and face North Korea today to decide who tops the group.

China previously hammered Hong Kong 7-0 and the women's latest goal fest sparked debate back home on social media.

China's men's team are something of a national embarrassment, qualifying for the World Cup only once, in 2002, when they failed to win a point or even score a goal.

"Are they playing volleyball? Can we spare half of the points for the men?" asked one person on Weibo after the women crushed the Tajiks.

"Take the men's salary and send it to the women's team," chipped in another.

But others were quick to defend China's men, who have won all three of their matches at the Games. "Don't say that the men can't do it," one person retorted.

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