Brazil beat China to book showdown with US
Updated: 2014-12-19 11:39
BRASILIA - Brazil advanced to the final of the international women's soccer tournament of Brasilia with a 4-1 victory over China here on Thursday.
The competition hosts will play for the title on Sunday against the United States, who earlier routed Argentina 7-0.
Brazil rested their five-time world player of the year Marta, but it seemed to make little difference as they took control early at the Mane Garrincha stadium.
Beatriz capitalized on a Chinese defensive error to score the opener after 14 minutes and Andressinha doubled the lead from a set piece shortly after.
Debinha's angled effort early in the second half made it 3-0 before Andressa Alves converted from the penalty spot.
Ren Guixin gave some respectability to the scoreline for the Asian outfit with an injury-time header.
China, who needed only a draw to progress to the final, will play off for third place against Argentina before Sunday's title decider.
The tournament is considered a warmup event for the World Cup in Canada next June and July.