Spain & China advance after stalemate

Spain and China advanced to the round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup despite playing to a goalless draw in their final Group B  clash on Monday evening.
 
A solid opening ten minutes saw Jennifer Hermoso closing in with a near-post finish after a cut-back, but the attempt deflected away from goal.
 
The Chinese couldn’t get into rhythm at this point, with Li Ying and co unable to click, as their counterparts maintained a strict shape.
 
Both sides made a change at the break as Andrea Falcon came on for Spain, whilst the Chinese put on Yang Li for Wang Shanshan.
 
Played at a pedestrian pace, the two nations failed to open up each other with slow attacks the order of the day.
 
Spain carved out a half-chance close to the area with Hermoso in the thick of things but the move broke down.
 
In trying to eradicate that scourge, the Europeans made an offensive switch in Alexia Putellas on 67 minutes to add more numbers up front.
 
The struggle continued nonetheless with neither side capable to find the all-important breakthrough.
 
Nevertheless, the encounter finished goalless as both nations march in to the knockout stages.

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