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China defeat Australia in Olympics warm up match

Head Coach Graham Arnold was disappointed with the final result, but happy with the commitment of his players.

"You never like to lose a match, but there were plenty of positives for us and also plenty of things to work on in the lead up to the Olympics.

"Of course we can play much better, but we have done some pretty heaving travelling to get to this game and as a result fatigue may have been a factor.

"The purpose of these matches was to get acclimatised to the conditions that we are likely to face in Shanghai for our opening match.

"As host nation, China has had a good preparation leading into the match and I expect them to go well in the tournament.

"I didn't start a few players, Jade North and Archie Thompson included, to ensure that they are fresh for the whole campaign. We expect both Jade and Archie start against Japan on Thursday," concluded Arnold.

This was China's first match under Yin Tie Sheng.

"The players have been under great pressure, but their attitude towards the match was good," said Yin.

"The attacking was smooth today and there were a lot of chances. But our players squandered many of them. This is what we should improve in the practice run for the Olympics."

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