Even if the odds are stacked against China and Zambia, they will not have failed to try if they do not advance as one of the two best third-place teams in the women’s football event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
At Miyagi Stadium, the two teams played to a 4-4 tie. Both teams will leave the game believing they gave it their all and should have won.
China, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games silver medalists, will feel they missed their chance at gold.
After only six minutes, the Steel Roses took the lead thanks to former Paris Saint-Germain attacker and team sensation Wang Shuang.
Wang Shuang stars as China PR salvage draw with Zambia
The China PR midfielder Wang Shuang was brilliant, scoring four goals in a thrilling 4-4 tie with Zambia in Group F of the Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football tournament on Saturday at the Miyagi Stadium.
China PR threw away a 3-1 advantage to tie the match and keep their quarterfinals chances alive until Tuesday’s decisive match against the Netherlands. Saturday’s match between the Netherlands and Brazil ended in a 3-3 tie.
China PR and Zambia both entered the match looking to rebound from opening day losses to Brazil and the Netherlands, respectively.
China PR’s head coach Jia Xiuquan made only one alteration to the Steel Roses’ squad that fell 5-0 to the South Americans.
Wang Shun’s Given Name Translates as ‘Smooth’ or ‘Lucky’
Although Wang Shun’s given name means “smooth” or “fortunate” in English, the Olympic gold medalist claims his life and career have been anything but smooth or lucky.
However, after winning the 200-meter individual medley gold at Tokyo 2020, there is no doubt that Wang is a rising star in the athletic world.
After finally coming into his own, the late bloomer has set his sights on the Asian Games in 2019 and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
“My long-term plans include participating in the 2024 Olympics and the 2025 National Games, despite the fact that there are still three years until the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Next year’s Asian Games are a yearly target “the 27-year-old said in a livestreamed interview on Weibo last week that was watched by more than 1.5 million people, according to China Daily.
To a large extent, Wang owes his tenacity to the years of coaching by Zhu Zhigen. The 64-year-old Zhu once said in an interview that coaches.
Should treat their students like their own children, and he continues to show that kind of concern for Wang.
Wang now faces the additional difficulty of ageing. He claims the water makes him feel stronger than before, yet he heals more slowly from injuries and exhaustion.