Game 36 (W): 21:00, CANADA 7 CHINA 9
Quarters: 2-3, 2-2, 3-3, 0-1
Referees: Georgios STAVRIDIS (GRE), Massimiliano CAPUTI (ITA)
Extra Man: CAN: 0/5. CHN: 0/9
CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO, Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (3), Joelle BEKHAZI (1), Whitney GENOWAY, Stephanie VALIN, Dominique PERREAULT (3), Monika EGGENS, Christine ROBINSON, Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.
CHINA: YANG Jun, TENG Fei, LIU Ping (2), SUN Yujun (2), HE Jin, SUN Yating (3), SONG Donglun, CHEN Yuan, WANG Yi (1), MA Huanhuan (1), SUN Huizi, ZHANG Lei, WANG Ying. Head Coach: Juan JANE GIRALT.
In the clash of the non-Europeans, which would guarantee one in the top four and make a change from recent years, China proved the bigger success. It's a meteoric rise for a team that won bronze in last year's FINA World Cup in New Zealand.
China finished 11th in Rome two years ago so a top-four finish puts the team on track to its bigger quest — Olympic gold next year. There was not much in the game with goals traded in the first quarter, starting with SUN Yujun's shot from deep left. LIU did some damage with identical shots off cross passes to the far post at about the four-metre line to close at 3-2.
BEHAZI and CSIKOS traded goals with MA and SUN Yating. China still had the advantage taking the lead goal each time. There was only a slight variation in the third period but Canada's tactic to shut down MA, who had 15 goals going into the game, was working despite the heavily guarded effort into the top left for 4-3. CSIKOS and PERREAULT caught up while SUN Yating and WANG made it 7-6. SUN Yujun scored an excellent goal from deep right while charging in to go 8-6 ahead at 1:42.
Canada called a timeout and PERREAULT was the shooter from the top right at the end of extra. China held an 8-7 advantage heading into the final period of the day. Canada used two timeouts for no success. SUN Yating scored on extra off the near post at 4:37 for 7-9. After the second Canada timeout, it had another extra but needed to shoot quickly. The shot came from the wrong option at bottom right. Neither team gained any further benefit and China was through to the top four at a FINA World Championships for the first time. Canada's hopes of repeat of 2009 when it came within a whisker of the gold medal.