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May 16, 2017

In pictures: Australian rules football arrives in China

Two top-tier Australian rules football teams have played a match in China for the first time.
About 10,000 fans watched Port Adelaide Power beat Gold Coast Suns 110-38 in the Australian Football League (AFL) game at Shanghai's Jiangwan Stadium.
Fans look on at Shanghai's Jiangan Stadium.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAbout 4,000 Chinese spectators joined thousands of Australians who had travelled to see the historic match.
Players run through a banner before the matchImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe game was televised in both countries, with AFL organisers hopeful of growing the sport.
A general view duringImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe game is virtually unknown in China.
Spectators look onImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAFL boss Gillon McLachlan said he hoped the match would become a permanent feature of the season.
Tom Lynch of the Suns, Peter Wright of the Suns and Tom Jonas of the Power in actionImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionCoaches from both teams said they would be happy to return.
The AFL RecordImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe Chinese and Australian national anthems were played before the match commenced.
SpectatorsImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionUnlike typical AFL matches, fans were not allowed to drink beer in the stands due to security concerns.
Players on the field.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAlthough one-sided, the match featured some of the AFL's top athletes, including perhaps its best player, Gary Ablett (left).
A general view of the first bounceImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionIt involved a A$3m (£1.7m, $2.2m) sponsorship deal between Port Adelaide and a Chinese real estate magnate.
Security look onImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image caption"Everyone sees the opportunity in China and they certainly see it clearer today," Mr McLachlan said.

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