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(CNN)Germany put away an upstart Chinese team 1-0 in a tense matchup Saturday at the Woman’s World Cup in Rennes, France.
Led by striker Yang Li, China created exciting chances in the first half against two-time Women’s World Cup winner Germany. Li couldn’t capitalize, however, missing on an open goal and then striking the post just before halftime.
Germany was kept in the match by the steady hands of goalkeeper Almuth Schult, making her 60th cap, before 19-year-old Giulia Gwinn found the back of the net with a thunderous strike from outside the box in the 66th minute.
China has twice hosted the Women’s World Cup, including the inaugural tournament in 1991, but has never made it past the quarterfinal stage.
Germany entered the tournament as third-favorites behind Team USA and host France, and last won the World Cup in 2007.
Spain plays South Africa later Saturday in Le Havre, and Norway faces Nigeria in Reims.