Brazil beat China to book showdown with US

Updated: 2014-12-19 11:39


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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.