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January 22, 2006

USA 2, China 0

USA 2, China 0

Hosts China were downed by a formidable United States side 2-0 with a shining "talisman" Kristine Lilly at the last game and had to settle for the second place of the Four Nation Women's Soccer Tournament 2006 here on Sunday.
The US clinched the title with seven points and harvested a progressing young squad inspired by skipper Lilly.

Lilly attracted most of the limelight with her inspiration and edge, converting a penalty unerringly on 11 minutes and then gave China further blow five minutes before the interval when she broke the rivals' offside trap to net home a heavy strike in the box.

The US captain went close seven minutes into the second half with a long-range shot over the bar. With an obvious craving for a hat trick in her 302nd game for the national team, Lilly continued her efforts as the half wore on and created several opportunities, but missed all of them.

The Americans dominated the midfield with quick passes and threaten the hosts' defense with fast flank forays. Aly Wagner rattled the post in the 59th minute with a diagonal drive.
China's best chance came from midfielder Bi Yan's powerful 25-meter left foot shot in the first half, which hit the crossbar.

USA: Solo, Mitts, Frimpong, LePeilbet, Rampone, Boxx, Tarpley, Wagner, Lilly, Wambach, Welsh

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