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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

China Men's National Soccer Team News

September 8, 2015 - Yu Dabao scores brace in win over Maldives
"A Yu Dabao brace helped China return to winning ways courtesy of a 3-0 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying victory over the Maldives on Tuesday. The Beijing Guoan favourite struck in either half to add to a Zhang Linpeng as Alain Perrin’s charges went second in Group B behind table topping Qatar who won 3-2 in Hong Kong. Having been held to goalless draw at home by Hong Kong last week, China were eager to make amends and went ahead in the eighth minute when Yu opened the scoring made the most of hesitant defending to score with an audacious lob from the edge of the penalty area. More resolute play by the visitors kept the Chinese at bay until Yu doubled his tally with a firm header at the far post with 57 minutes on the clock. Not to be outdone, Zhang added a third on 66 minutes for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup quart-finalists as China ran out comfortable winners." - AFC

August 5, 2015 - Yu Dabao & Wang Yongpo score in win over North Korea
"China thrust themselves back into contention for the 2015 EAFF (East Asian Football Federation) East Asian Cup after the tournament hosts downed DPR Korea 2-0 on Wednesday in their penultimate fixture in the four-team regional competition. Looking to bounce back from their opening round loss to Korea Republic, China took a 36th minute lead through Yu Dabao, who controlled Sun Ke’s cutback on his chest before prodding the ball past North Korean keeper and captain Ri Myong-guk following Rao Wei Hui’s deep cross from the left. Shandong Luneng stalwart Wang Yongpo sealed the win from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half, after DPR Korea defender Ri Yong-chol was adjudged to have fouled goal-scorer Yu in the area." - AFC

June 16, 2015 - Yang Xu scores hat-trick in win over Bhutan
"Yang Xu scored a triple as China opened their 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifying campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of hosts Bhutan at Changlimithang Stadium on Tuesday. The visiting Asian giants led 1-0 at the break before coming back on fire and adding five to the tally to win all three points from the match. Yang opened the floodgates of scoring two minutes into first-half stoppage time before adding two more goals under his name on 61 and 76 minutes. Wu Lei also got on the score-sheet after 55 minutes while substitute Yu Dabao, who came off the bench on 61 minutes, registered a double on 67 and 83 minutes to give a bang to their campaign opener." - AFC

March 31, 2015 - Yu Dabao scores equalizer in draw with Tunisia
"China and Tunisia battled to a 1-1 draw in Nanjing on Tuesday, in the Eagles’ final friendly of their FIFA window’s campaign. After taking the lead in the 39th minute through Moncer, Georges Leekens’ men conceded an equaliser deep in the money time to leave the Far-East winless.... ultimately the locals who managed to find the back of the net for the equaliser in the dying seconds of the game, thanks to Yu Dabao." - African Football

March 27, 2015 - Yu Dabao scores equalizer in draw with Haiti
"China laboured out a 2-2 draw with Haiti in an international soccer friendly at the Helong Stadium here on Friday night. The hosts fell behind twice in the game, but finally equalised thanks to substitute midfielder Yu Dabao's 82nd-minute strike. Jeff Louis put Haiti ahead in the 34th minute with an easy goal into the empty net after stealing the ball from goalkeeper Wang Dalei inside the penalty area. China levelled after the interval from substitute striker Yang Xu's diagonal half-volley in the box following Ji Xiang's right wing cross. The visitors made it 2-1 on 73 minutes. Left winger Wilde Guerrier received a pin-point through pass from Duckens Nazon and netted home with an accurate shot into the far corner. Yu Dabao became the hero of the hosts. The attacking midfielder headed home at the goalmouth from a corner in the 82nd minute. It was Yu's first touch of the ball after he went on to the pitch 20 seconds before." - Global Times

January 18, 2015 - Sun Ke scores brace in win over North Korea
"Midfielder Sun Ke’s brace saw quarter-final bound China complete their first-ever 100 per cent record in the group stages of the AFC Asian Cup, after the Group B winners edged DPR Korea 2-1 at Canberra Stadium on Sunday. With hosts Australia awaiting in Thursday’s quarter-final at Brisbane Stadium, China were set on the way within the first minute by Sun, before he added his second shortly before the interval. A Gao Lin own-goal did see DPR Korea pull one back and So Hyon-uk hit the frame of the goal late on as the Chollima pressed hard for an equaliser, but China were eventually able to see out the third straight win of their AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 campaign." - Asian Cup

January 14, 2015 - Wu Xi & Sun Ke score in win over Uzbekistan
"China returned to the AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals after a 11-year absence with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Uzbekistan at Brisbane Stadium on Wednesday. Qatar 2011 semi-finalists Uzbekistan drew first blood midway through the opening half thanks to Odil Ahmedov, but China turned the tables on Mirdjalal Kasimov's side after the break with goals from Wu Xi and substitute Sun Ke to grab the three points and the first ticket to the second round from Group B.... Forward Gao Lin set things up with a dazzling assist from the right by-line, flicking the ball into the path of Wu who atoned for his first-half deflection by firing home into the bottom left corner to make it 1-1. Alain Perrin's side then moved in front through Gao's 66th minute substitute Sun. Just two minutes after coming on Sun beat Ignatiy Nesterov fair and square from the edge of the box, curling his shot beyond the outstretched arms of the Uzbekistan custodian to hand China the advantage." - AFC

January 10, 2015 - Yu Hai scores in win over Saudi Arabia
"China joined Uzbekistan at the top of Group B of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia at Brisbane Stadium on Saturday. A late and somewhat fortunate free-kick by Yu Hai proved to be the lone goal of the match as Saudi Arabia paid the price for Naif Hazazi's missed second-half penalty against Alain Perrin's side.... The deadlock was finally broken after 80 minutes when Yu's free kick, from outside the box, took a wicked deflection off a defender to wrong-foot Abdullah who, despite a desperate attempt to keep the Guizhou Renhe midfielder's effort out, saw the ball skip into his net." - AFC

January 3, 2015 - Hao Junmin scores in win over Oman
"Alain Perrin's youthful China side wrapped up their preparations for next week's Asian Cup in clinical style by bouncing back from a goal down to thump fellow finalists Oman 4-1 in a friendly on Saturday. Mohammed Ali put the West Asians in front in the 18th minute of the closed-door friendly in sweltering Sydney, where the referee twice stopped play so both teams could get refreshments. Perrin's side came roaring back, though, with Hao Junmin amongst the scorers as China extended their unbeaten run to 10 games ahead of their Asian Cup opener against Saudi Arabia next Saturday in Brisbane." - Eurosport

December 23, 2014 - roster named
"China on Tuesday announced its 23-man squad for the 2015 Asian Cup to be held in Australia in January. The 2013 Asian player of the year Zheng Zhi, who plays for club giants Guangzhou Evergrande, will bolster the midfield. Zheng was a hit with fans during nearly three seasons at Charlton Athletic and a year with Scottish giants Celtic before returning to China to join Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010. Also bringing an international flavour is midfielder Hao Junmin, who made 14 league appearances for Germany's Schalke 04 in 2010 and 2011. The roster also includes Guangzhou Evergrande striker Gao Lin and his midfield teammate Zhang Linpeng, whose red carding this year damaged their teams bid for the AFC Champions League title. He is joined at the front by Yang Xu, who plays for Shandong Luneng at home and scored in China's build-up for the Cup in a 3-0 over Thailand in October. Young midfielder Li Binbin will make his cup debut after a strong domestic season." - African Football

December 17, 2014 - Gao Lin & Yang Xu score in win over Kyrgyzstan
"During the friendly match against Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday in Qingyuan, Guangdong Province, thanks to goals from Gao Lin and Yang Xu, China won 2-0 and claimed a second win against Kyrgyzstan in less than a week, having won 4-0 on Saturday in Binzhou, Hunan Province." - Global Times

December 13, 2014 - Yang Xu scores brace in win over Kyrgyzstan
"AFC Asian Cup hopefuls China continued their recent run of fine form with a resounding 4-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan on Saturday.... Guangzhou Evergrande captain and 2013 AFC Player of the Year Zheng Zhi opened the scoring on 20 minutes before Wu Lei doubled his side’s advantage before half-time. Yang Xu then grabbed a second half brace with goals in the 54th and 79th minutes to continue China's strong run ahead of January’s Asian Cup extravaganza in Australia." - AFC

October 14, 2014 - Zheng Zhi & Wu Lei score in 2-1 win over Paraguay
"It took the hosts only nine minutes to open the scoring, former Celtic and Charlton Athletic midfielder Zheng Zhi converting from the penalty spot after Paraguay right-back Ivan Piris was adjudged to have committed a foul. Zheng confidently slotted home from 12 yards and China's lead was doubled nine minutes later when forward Wu Lei turned home a left-wing cross from Ren Hang at the far post.... Substitute midfielder Nestor Ortigoza did halve the deficit in the 81st minute, nodding home after a near-post corner was flicked into his path." - Sportal

October 10, 2014 - Sun Ke & Yang Xu score in win over Thailand
"AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 hopefuls China were largely untroubled on Friday as they cruised to a 3-0 friendly win over Thailand at the Wuhan Sports Centre Stadium.... after a goalless first half, China edged ahead two minutes after the hour mark when they were gifted the lead by a howler from opposition goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool. Although there appeared to be no real danger when Zhang Chengdong latched onto Wu Lei's pass and played in a cross from the right, the Thai goalkeeper was put off by Wu Xi's missed attempt to head it and ended up pushing the ball into the back of his own net. The contest was then effectively ended in the 84th minute when a corner from Liao Lisheng was nodded into the path of Sun Ke, who instinctively lashed the ball home to make it 2-0. Still, just for good measure, the Chinese went on to add a third with three minutes remaining after a lapse in concentration from the Thailand defence allowed Yang Xu to race through and fire past the onrushing Sinthaweechai, capping off a dominant display by Alain Perrin's charges." - AFC

September 4, 2014 - Xu, Hanchao & Lei score in win over Kuwait
China came from a goal down to enjoy a 3-1 win over fellow AFC Asian Cup qualifiers Kuwait in an international friendly on Thursday. Khaled Ebrahim, who plies his trade with AFC Cup 2014 semi-finalists Al Qadsia, gave Kuwait a 1-0 lead two minutes into first-half stoppage time before Yang Xu cancelled out the 22-year-old Kuwaiti midfielder's opener eight minutes after the interval. A 64th minute strike from recent Guangzhou Evergrande signing Yu Hanchao put the Chinese 2-1 before Wu Lei capped the win on the stroke of full time with the home side's third." - AFC

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