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US women footballers beat China in first of three friendlies

Published on Dec 9, 2012 9:30 AM

DETROIT, Michigan (AFP) - Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux each scored second half goals to lift the United States women's footballers to a 2-0 victory over China on Saturday.

With the win in the physical match, before a crowd of about 17,371, the Americans remained unbeaten on their post-Olympic tour.

The US women claimed gold at the London Games in August with a 2-1 triumph over Japan in the Olympic final.

Lloyd opened the scoring in the 50th minute, collecting a pass from Tobin Heath near the edge of the penalty area, cutting left and beating Chinese keeper Zhang Yue at the near post.

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