GUANGZHOU, Jan. 20 -- The United States women's national soccer team successfully defended its title in a stylish way after downing host China 1-0 on Sunday to get its third victory in a row at the Four Nations Tournament.
The United States made two easy wins over Canada and Finland, 4-0 and 4-1 respectively earlier, which mean a draw against the host China in the last game could give it the trophy. But the Americans didn't relax and topped their old foe in convincing way.
The U.S. dominated the game and created some great chances. But it was not until the 76th minute that it took the winner from veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx with a diving header following Lori Chalupny's right flank cross.
Heather O'Reilly wasted a one-to-one shot after rounding Zhang Ying in the 22nd minute, while Boxx drove wide a simple shot facing an empty net in the first half.
After the break the visitors piled on the pressure against China. Carli Lloyd curved a free kick to rattle the crossbar from 30 meters on 48 minutes.
China changed its 4-4-2 formation to 4-5-1 with a view of strengthening the defense, but had to take the defeat and become the runner-up with four points.
In the previous game, Canada tied Finland 1-1 with a last-gasp equalizer to rank the third with two points.
Katri Nokso koivisto netted home a fine drive after collecting defender Jessica Julin's long pass two minutes from the break.
The Cannucks leveled in the third minute of the injury time with Robinson's effort at the edge of the area, which sent Finland to the bottom with a single point.