Thanks for joining me for this thrilling end to a terrific match. I've been Liam McMahon, goodbye for now. Keep checking back with VAVEL USA for the latest coverage from the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
China will undoubtedly be buoyed by this result, and will be optimistic of picking up another three points on matchday three when they face New Zealand. Meanwhile, the Netherlands will look to regroup before they have to face host nation Canada on matchday three.
It's hard to pick a woman of the match. F. Wang was good, Van Veenendaal was superb, but Wu was absolutely terrific. She broke up attack after attack and marked Martens out of the match, and for that she's our woman of the match.
This result means that it will all be there to play for on the final matchday in Group A. At least three, potentially four, teams will be on at least three points and the final standings will depend on how results fall on that last day.
While the Netherlands will be bitterly disappointed to have conceded so late on, China were undoubtedly the better team and are well deserved winners.
90+4' S. Wang keeps the ball in the corner as the final seconds tick off the clock, and the final whistle sounds.
90+3' Holland with one last attacking free kick, and it's a high ball floated into the box that F. Wang comes off her line to claim.
90+2' Holland now desperately pushing forward, searching for an equalizer that doesn't seem like it'll come.
90+1' GOAL CHINA (WANG LISI) Finally they have found their winner! China battled for 90 minutes, and wasted a catalogue of chances, before Wang Lisi finally beat Van Veenendaal after a simple ball over the top. It's absolutely deserved. Three additional minutes.
90' Miedema flagged for offside, and there's another attack wasted.
89' Deflected shot there that Van Veenendaal somehow keeps in bounds to prevent a corner.
88' China just throwing numbers forward now, desperate for a winner.
87' Han now creates a chance for Ma, but her header is weak and is held by Van Veenendaal. Jiahui Lou has come on for Jiali Tang.
86' Oh that's the best chance of the match! China sliced the Netherlands to shreds there, and Tang slipped the ball across the box to Ma, who had the entire goal to aim at and blasted it over the bar. What a miss.
85' Both sides looking fatigued, as if they're in equal parts willing to settle for a draw and about to make a costly mistake.
84' Martens goes on a run down the left wing, but again Wu takes it off of her. Wu has been superb, she's taken Martens out of the game completely.
83' Melis picks up the ball in a dangerous position, but Liu dispossesses her superbly.
82' Han has a hit from distance, but it slices high and wide and out for a goal kick.
81' Will we see a winner here? At the moment, it doesn't look likely.
80' Holland nearly scored there! Van De Donk was in behind, and cut the ball back to the feet of Miedema. She got a strike away, but it took a deflection and was gathered easily by F. Wang.
79' Martens forces a good save from F. Wang. A great attack from the Netherlands winds up with her hitting a disappointing cross right to F. Wang. Should have been better.
78' Miedema has grown into the game in the second half, she's been much better.
77' Dangerous attack from Holland there. Miedema had the ball at the top of the box, but the ball is tackled away before she can get a strike off.
76' F. Wang was down in some clear discomfort, but she is now back up and ready to continue.
75' F. Wang is down injured after a Dutch break. Finally, the front three combined after a great piece of skill from Martens. She slipped in Miedema, who tried to square the ball to Van De Donk. F. Wang gets down and wins the ball but takes a blow from Van De Donk in the process.
74' S. Wang penalized for a handball while blocking a Van Den Berg clearance.
73' Melis has continued her good work down the right wing, but she hasn't gotten enough help from either Martens or Miedema.
72' SUBSTITUTION CHINA GUIXIN REN OFF JUNA MA ON
71' SUBSTITUTION NETHERLANDS TESSEL MIDDAG OFF ANOUK DEKKER ON
70' Tang has another strike from distance, and this one curls wide, not troubling Van Veenendaal.
69' China looking to pile the pressure on for the final quarter of this match.
68' Han has another cross blocked, this one goes out for a throw.
67' OFF THE CROSSBAR! Tang picks up the ball on the edge of the box, and rockets a strike at goal that Van Veenendaal gets the slightest of touches on to push it off the crossbar and out. So close to a goal.
66' Han dances back and forth along the left byline, and looks to whip a ball into the box but Van Veenendaal holds it easily.
65' Tang strides forward, and looks to bend one inside the far corner but the strike isn't good enough and Van Veenendaal can hold it easily.
64' It's been a much more even match in this second half, and at the moment it's hard to guess who will come out as the winner.
63' Han is presented with a great shooting chance, but delays too long and her eventual strike is blocked.
62' Martens and Wu battle over possession, and the Chinese captain wins the ball back.
61' Melis comes forward after a long ball over the top, and she has Holland's first clear cut chance of the match. She's forced to shoot from an acute angle, and forces F. Wang into a good save.
60' This game is so finely poised at the moment. Which way will it go?
59' SUBSTITUTION NETHERLANDS PETRA HOGEWONING OFF MEREL VAN DONGEN ON
58' Hogewoning is down injured now, looks to be a problem with her ankle.
57' China create another chance, but again Van Den Berg is there to cut out the danger.
56' SUBSTITUTION CHINA WANG SHANSHAN OFF WANG SHUANG ON
55' China outshooting the Netherlands 16-5 here, but they still haven't converted a chance.
54' Disappointing corner, and nothing comes of it.
53' Miedema looks to slip Melis in behind, but she was trying to do too much there. At the other end, China have a great chance through Li, who cuts back on to her right foot and forces a good save out of Van Veenendaal. Should have been a better strike. Corner coming now.
52' Holland win another corner after some trickery from Miedema. Again, nothing comes of it.
51' The corner is flicked clear and out for an attacking throw in for the Netherlands.
50' The Netherlands finally put together a nice bit of combination play, and Melis wins a corner.
49' Van De Donk penalized for a handball.
48' Holland are pressing high, and China break the press. They forward, and Wang has a strike from the edge of the box which is nowhere near goal.
47' It's as if no coaching went on at half time. China are on the front foot, and Holland can't string three passes together.
46' China embark on the first attack of the second period almost immediately from the restart, but can't fashion a clear cut chance.
45+1' Half time whistle blows, and we will be back to bring you second half coverage in 15 minutes.
45' Van Den Berg with another great block. She's having a superb match.
44' China outshooting the Netherlands 14-4 now.
43' Melis with another nice run and looks to play in Miedema, but her pass just runs out for a goal kick.
42' Will China be penalized later on for not taking advantage of their first half dominance.
41' Middag with a dangerous back pass, but Van Veenendaal beats S. Wang to the ball and clears it.
40' Van Den Berg with another great piece of defending, this time reading a pass really well to cut out a dangerous attack.
39' Han with a spellbinding run down the left wing, and then she lays the ball off to Ren. She's all alone in the box, just 12 yards out from goal and blazes her strike over the bar.
38' Miedema with a great through ball that looks to play Melis in on goal, but she was just a fraction offside and the flag comes up.
37' Martens with a little push on Wu, and she is penalized for it.
36' China with 62% of the possession and 12 shots out here, but they haven't found a goal yet.
35' Tang has a shot from distance after a nice piece of combination play, but her strike is right at Van Veenendaal.
34' Van Den Berg with some solid defending, she's had a good game so far.
33' China doing a great job of marking Martens really tightly, she's been a nonfactor.
32' China with a big penalty shout after Wang Liese goes down under a hard challenge in the box. Looked like a penalty there.
31' After the way they sat back against Canada, it's been a real surprise to see how China have bossed this match.
30' Van Veenendaal with a great double save to first parry a drive from Li and then hold a header from Ren. Great goalkeeping.
29' China have certainly been on the front foot here, with 55% of the possession.
28' Han with a spellbinding piece of skill on the left side of the box before uncorking a screamer that Van Veenendaal superbly tips over the bar.
27' Spitse hits a searching ball in towards Miedema, but it's over her head and runs out for a goal kick.
26' China have had eight shots, but have yet to put one on target.
25' China with a nice piece of possession, but Ren grows impatient and has a disappointing strike from distance.
24' Both teams looking to establish a passing rhythm, and neither has really done it yet.
22' Miedema with a great chance off a floated ball in behind, but she doesn't get the right purchase on the ball and her shot runs wide. Might have taken a deflection there, should have been a corner.
21' S. Wang flagged for offside and a dangerous attack is ended.
20' Li takes an attacking free kick from 25 yards out, but her effort sails harmlessly over the bar.
19' The first corner is cleared out for another one, and the Netherlands fully clear the second one.
18' Tang comes forward after picking off a pass, but her strike is blocked by Spitse and out for a corner.
17' Van De Donk with a hard tackle that looked like dangerous play, but no foul is given.
16' Melis floats a dangerous ball into the box that Van De Donk goes up for, but she is penalized for a high elbow.
15' Hogewoning mishits a pass, and a Holland attack breaks down.
14' Van Den Berg misplaces a pass that Wang Liese picks off, and she starts an attack. She runs forward dangerously before looking to cross, and her cross is cleared out for a corner. A half chance ensues, but Van Veenendaal can collect.
13' Melis with another great run down the right wing and floats a good cross into the box that somehow misses everyone. She's off to a great start.
12' Both teams starting to wake up now, every pass, every touch and every attack looks much crisper.
11' Van Den Berg takes the corner, and it's punched clear by Wang Fei. Wang Liese tries to clear it further, but accidentally volleys it into the box. Middag looks to shoot, but her volley runs wide.
10' Melis with a fantastic run down the right wing, and whips in a cross that is deflected out for a corner.
9' Martens goes down under a hard challenge and a earns Holland a free kick.
8' Wang Liese takes the free kick from 30 yards out, and it sails over the bar. Really poor strike.
7' Middag whistled for a foul, and here comes an attacking free kick for China.
6' Netherlands now looking to string some passes together and grow into this game.
5' Ren attempts a spectacular overhead kick attempt at goal, but it's blocked by Van Den Berg.
4' Tang picks up the ball 20 yards out from goal and has a strike, but it sails over the bar. Disappointing effort.
3' Nervy opening for the Netherlands here, some poor touches and misplaced passes.
2' Long, diagonal ball over the top picks out Melis in an advanced position. She looks to dance to the byline but her touch is just too strong and Wang can claim.
1' We are underway here with the Netherlands looking to get on the front foot early.
Both anthems are over with, and it's time to get underway.
Now it's time for the national anthem of the Netherlands, and the small contingent of the Oranje traveling army that are here are making themselves heard.
We get started with the national anthem of China, in front of maybe 5,000 fans. Although there is a nice little contingent of Chinese fans.
The teams are in the tunnel and are about to come out for the anthems.
Unsurprisingly, it's a very small crowd on hand to watch this match. Expect to see the crowd expand as the game progresses as fans who are here for the Canada match later on begin to file in.
Nearly time for our match to start here, just 10 minutes until kick off.
We could have a shock result in our hands in the first game of the day over in Group B. Norway has been playing Germany tight all match long, and they're now into the 89th minute with the score tied at 1-1 and Norway looking the more likely side to win.
Netherlands starting XI: Van Veenendaal (GK); Van Lunteren, Van Der Gragt, Van Den Berg, Hogewoning; Middag, Van De Donk, Spitse; Melis, Miedema, Martens
China starting XI: Wang (GK); Wu, Zhao, Li, Liu; Tan, Ren, L. Wang, Tang; Han, S. Wang
The teams have been released, here are your starting lineups.
This match can be viewed as one in which the old world order meets the new world order. China dominated the women's game in the 1990s but haven't really challenged for a World Cup since then. Meanwhile, this is the first major tournament that the Netherlands have qualified for, and they're looking to make a splash for the first time ever.
China, for so long a power in the women's game, have not made it beyond the quarterfinal stage at a Women's World Cup since they lost to the United States in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final. They didn't even qualify for the 2011 World Cup or the 2012 Olympics, and are at this tournament just looking to reestablish themselves as contenders at the top of the women's game.
While Holland have a "defend from the front, attack first" mentality, the Chinese prefer to try and park the bus. Their rigid 4-4-2 formation is incredibly difficult to break down, but also doesn't lend itself to many scoring chances. Expect them to sit back and allow the Netherlands to try and break them down while searching for counterattacking opportunities.
The Netherlands operate in that classic formation which was made famous by the Dutch men's teams of the 1970s, a 4-3-3. While the women don't play total football where all players can operate in any position, they look to keep the ball on the ground and build play up through passing rather than bombing long balls forward.
As we're now under an hour until kickoff, now seems like a perfect time to run you all through both of these teams so you know what to expect from this evening's match.
Once again, hello and welcome to VAVEL USA's LIVE coverage of this afternoon's action out of Group A between the Netherlands and China. Let me know what you're looking for out of this match on Twitter or in the comments section!
Having won against New Zealand on Saturday, the Netherlands is in pole position to advance to the knockout stages for the first time in their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup. They're better than they have ever been, and have risen in the FIFA Women's rankings to as high as 11th in the world, although they currently sit in 12th. It would be incredible for the country's development, given that the Netherlands is one of the traditional powers on the men's side of the game but have yet to establish themselves in the women's game.
In the lead-up to the match, Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema grabbed all of the headlines. The 18-year-old has stolen the headlines for the last couple of years, and has already scored 19 goals in just 24 international appearances. She led all scorers in UEFA World Cup Qualifying, but she was not the one who played the hero on Saturday. It was Lieke Martens, the 22 year old midfielder who has scored 21 goals in 51 appearances, who scored with a world class strike midway through the first half. Martens cut inside from the left wing and uncorked a swerving strike which arrowed inside the far post side netting to catapult her into the annals of Dutch footballing history as the first woman to score in a FIFA Women's World Cup match.
While it was always going to be difficult for the following match between the Netherlands and New Zealand to live up to the tournament's curtain-raiser, both teams put in strong performances. New Zealand have been attempting to change their style of play from a direct, physical one to that of a team that likes to keep the ball on the carpet and play it around. The Netherlands too like to play at a quick tempo with the ball on the floor, and it showed in their match.
China will feel very hard done by not to have gotten at least a point out of their curtain-raising defeat at the hands of Canada. In what was an evenly fought match, the Chinese had a number of decent scoring chances and probably should have scored. While Canada had plenty of scoring chances throughout the match as well, in the 22nd minute the Chinese came within centimeters of scoring. Wang Lisi whipped in a free kick from just outside the box, and her top class free kick rebounded off of both posts before being gathered in by Canadian netminder Erin McLeod.
However, in spite of all of the great work done by China, they were undone in stoppage time when Sinclair's perfectly struck penalty gave the host nation a storybook victory. Canadian forward Adrianna Leon held on to the ball in the box, and went down softly under a challenge from Zhao Rong. While there was a quite a bit of debate in the post-mortems conducted after the match as to whether or not it was a penalty, there was no debate in the referee's mind and she pointed to the spot. Canadian captain Christine Sinclair stepped to the spot, and calmly rolled the ball to the keeper's right. Although she guessed correctly, Sinclair's strike was unstoppable, and it richoted in off the post to give the Canada the victory.
Both Canada and the Netherlands picked up hard fought victories on the opening matchday of the tournament. The Canadians beat China on a stoppage time penalty winner from captain and Canadian legend Christine Sinclair. A full recap can be read right here. Meanwhile, the Netherlands won their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup match on Saturday night as well, beating New Zealand on a fantastic goal from Lieke Martens. A full recap of that match can be found right here.
At the moment, here are your standings in Group A.
1.) Canada, 3 Points, 1 Goal For, 0 Goals Against, +1 Goal Differential
2.) Netherlands, 3 Points, 1 Goal For, 0 Goals Against, +1 Goal Differential
3.) China, 0 Points, 0 Goals For, 1 Goal Against, -1 Goal Differential
4.) New Zealand, 0 Points, 0 Goals For, 0 Goals Against, -1 Goal Differential
This is matchday two at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and it just feels good to be back bringing you the action from this tournament. We had our first off day of the tournament yesterday, and it just didn't feel right to be without top class football. Every team has now played at least once, and we're beginning to get a decent picture of how all six groups will shake out.
Hello and welcome to VAVEL USA's LIVE coverage of today's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup action out of Group A! My name is Liam McMahon and it is my pleasure to be bringing you this evening's match between the Netherlands vs China Live Score, two teams at opposite ends of the group after having played one match each.