China defeated South Africa, 2-0 on Saturday in Group E play at the Rio 2016 Olympics, keeping Bruno Bini’s side’s hopes of making the knockout stage alive.
Gu Yasha scored just after the second-half kickoff and Tan Ruyin scored a contender for the goal of the tournament in the 87th minute, sending a 40-yard blast into South Africa’s goal.
The win sets up a scenario for Tuesday in which the winner of the China-Sweden match, featuring two teams on 3 points apiece, is likely finish second in the group. The third-place finisher would also still have a chance of advancing. Goal difference is the first tiebreaker, should the two teams draw, and China’s is superior after Sweden lost to Brazil, 5-1 on Saturday.
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