Last-gasp Oz strike denies China in Sydney thriller

Sports | REUTERS 14 Feb 2020

Emily van Egmond scored deep into stoppage time to earn Australia a 1-1 draw with China yesterday, setting up a playoff against Vietnam next month for a place in the women's football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

Van Egmond capped a dramatic end to the game in the second minute of added time when she shot past Peng Shimeng after Tang Jiali looked to have earned China a win with her 86th-minute goal in Sydney.

The result meant Australia finished top of Group B in Asia's qualifying competition for Tokyo 2020 and advance to the playoffs alongside China, with the pair having already guaranteed they would take the top two spots ahead of Taiwan and Thailand.

South Korea won Group A, finishing above Vietnam, to set up a playoff clash with China. The winners of each playoff qualify for the Olympics.

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