• FT

    Ghana

    1

    Australia

    4

  • FT

    New Zealand

    0

    Brazil

    5

  • FT

    China

    3

    Denmark

    2

  • FT

    Norway

    2

    Canada Women

    1

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, China

Referee: Dianne Ferreira-James

* Local time based on your geographic location.

China Women

  • Jie Li 30'
  • Yan Bi 50'
  • Xiaoli Song 88'

3 - 2

FT

Denmark Women

  • Anne Dot Eggers Nielson 51'
  • Cathrine Paaske Sorensen 87'

China 3-2 Denmark: Song hits late winner

WUHAN, China -- China defeated Denmark 3-2 in its World Cup

opener Wednesday, with substitute Song Xiaoli scoring the winning

goal with less than two minutes left in regulation before a

drum-pounding, singing crowd of more than 50,000.

The victory heightens expectations for host China's upcoming

game against Brazil, which is favored to win Group D. Brazil beat

an overmatched New Zealand 5-0 earlier Wednesday in the other group

game.

Song, who came off bench in the 58th minute, sealed the outcome

with a long, soaring shot that sent Danish players crumpling to the

ground in anguish. The goal came seconds after Denmark had pulled

even on Cathrine Paaske Sorensen's header.

The home crowd of 50,800 cheered and sang tirelessly throughout

the match, accompanied by drums, cymbals and horns. At one end,

fans passed around a giant replica of the Chinese jersey, and it

fluttered from one side of the section to the other.

China struck first in the 30th on a free kick after Bi Yan was

tripped up at the top of the box. Denmark goalkeeper Heidi Johansen

was not able to see Li Jie's shot through the wall and couldn't

react until the ball was in the net.

Bi made it 2-0 in the 50th, firing off a long shot on the run.

But the widening margin distracted the Chinese players, and they

allowed Denmark to answer just one minute later when Anne Dot

Eggers Nielsen drilled in a header off a corner kick.

China was once one of the world's top teams but has slipped to

No. 11. Following four consecutive losses at this year's Algarve

Cup, the "Steel Roses" turned to a foreign coach for the first

time, hiring Marika Domanski-Lyfors from Sweden.

The Danes, ranked No. 6, have beaten China only once, in 2001.