The uncertainty around the AFC Group B Olympic qualifiers due to the Corona virus may have presented the Matildas with a perfect scenario.
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) said on Thursday it is postponing all domestic games due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus epidemic.
The Matildas' qualification tournament for this year's Olympics are in doubt amid fresh concerns about the potentially lethal coronavirus.
The fixtures have been rescheduled after China withdrew as host last weekend, following the coronavirus outbreak there.
Italy beat China 2-0 to qualify for the quarterfinals of the women's World Cup in convincing fashion on Tuesday.
We examined every shootout kick taken in the history of the women's Olympic and World Cup tournaments. The results show specific paths to victory.
Spain and China advanced to the last 16 at the Women's World Cup after a scoreless draw.
China striker Li Ying scored the only goal in a crucial 1-0 victory over South Africa in a women's World Cup Group B clash at the Parc des Princes.
Teenage Germany midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored a second-half winner as the two-time world champions edged past China 1-0 on Saturday.
After reaching the quarterfinals at both the 2015 World Cup in Canada and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, China will be looking to go a step or two further at France 2019.
Substitute Wang Shanshan helped herself to no less than nine goals in her side's 16-0 demolition of Tajikistan at the 2018 Asian Games.
Not even lightning can stop the Matildas or Sam Kerr, who scored another double in Australia's 5-1 defeat of China on Sunday.
Carli Lloyd scored the winner as the United States earned a spot in the Women's World Cup semifinals with a 1-0 defeat of China on Friday.
Wang Shanshan scored early and China held on to stay alive at the Women's World Cup with a 1-0 knockout-round victory over upstart Cameroon.
Wang Shanshan scored on a perfectly timed header and China benefited from a questionable called penalty to earn a 2-2 draw in the Women's World Cup.
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When plotting out the bracket, it became clear that two of the world's best teams will likely meet early.
Christine Sinclair converted a penalty kick in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, giving host Canada a 1-0 win over China on Saturday.
Wang Lisi scored a stoppage-time goal to help lead China to a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the Women's World Cup.
After missing the 2011 Women's World Cup, China is looking to rebound in Canada.
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