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China successive wins Olympics qualifying despite quarantined for Coronavirus

International Sports Desk

The Chinese women’s football team has won back-to-back games in the Olympic qualifying tournament after spending almost two weeks quarantined in an Australian hotel because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

China progressed well in the Olympic qualifying games despite fears of Novel Coronavirus.

The delegation was stationed at Brisbane before a surprise back to back wins.

China scored five first-half goals in a 5-0 win over Taiwan on Monday to follow up on a 6-1 win over Thailand last Friday in the Asian zonal qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics. China will next face Australia on Thursday in a game likely to decide top spot in Group B.

The top two teams in the group will advance to home-and-away playoffs against the top two teams from Group A for two places at the Olympics.

Tang Jiali opened the scoring in the fifth minute against Taiwan before Wu Haiyan’s goal in the 25th sparked a four-goal burst in 10 minutes, including a pair from Wang Shanshan, to take control of the game.

China had been scheduled to host the qualifiers in Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly viral outbreak, and then in Nanjing before the tournament was re-located to Australia for health and safety reasons

Tendai Guvamombe