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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 copyright Getty Images
Image caption About 4,000 Chinese spectators joined thousands of Australians who had travelled to see the historic match.
Players run through a banner before the match Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The game was televised in both countries, with AFL organisers hopeful of growing the sport.
A general view during Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The game is virtually unknown in China.
Spectators look on Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption AFL 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 action Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Coaches from both teams said they would be happy to return.
The AFL Record Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The Chinese and Australian national anthems were played before the match commenced.
Spectators Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Unlike typical AFL matches, fans were not allowed to drink beer in the stands due to security concerns.
Players on the field. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Although 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 bounce Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption It involved a A$3m (£1.7m, $2.2m) sponsorship deal between Port Adelaide and a Chinese real estate magnate.
Security look on Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption "Everyone sees the opportunity in China and they certainly see it clearer today," Mr McLachlan said.

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