INTRODUCTION: China enhanced its World Cup prospects on Thursday (19 November) with a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia.The win put China well ahead in the Asia-Oceania group, three points clear of number two, Kuwait.
FIRST HALF GVs After Saudi Arabia (in green) attack and China (in white) give away free kick on edge of their penalty area
GV Free kick saved by goalkeeper
GV China attack down left and shot is saved by Saudi goalkeeper
GV China take free kick (2 shots)
GV Saudi throw in leads to cross and header saved by Chinese goalkeeper
GV China score from long range shot from Huang Xiangdong who is congratulated by team mates
GV China attack and gain corner from goalkeeper save
GV China score second from corner, header from Cai Jinbiao
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In the group standings, China now has 7, Kuwait 4, New Zealand 3, Saudi Arabia 0. The next match is New Zealand against Saudi Arabia.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: China enhanced its World Cup prospects on Thursday (19 November) with a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia.The win put China well ahead in the Asia-Oceania group, three points clear of number two, Kuwait.
SYNOPSIS: China and Saudi Arabia were playing on neutral group because the two states do not have diplomatic relations.Kuala Lumpur was the scene of the match, and a mid-sized crowd turned up.Saudi Arabia began the game on the attack.Before long China, playing in the white jerseys, had given away a free kick.
But China's goalkeeper was too good.
Moments later China had recovered and had launch a fierce counter attack.
Next, China took a free kick, but again the attack foundered on Saudi Arabia's defence.The Saudis are bottom of their group, having lost all three games player so far.The country only began to play serious competitive soccer seven years ago.They have developed strong defensive and attacking skills, based on the Brazilian style of playing.But at this match, however, they were not good enough.
After 24 minutes came the first Chinese goal.
The scorer, defender Huang Xiangdong, with a 25-metre shot.
Now China was one-nil ahead, but still not satisfied.Soon another attack was underway.
In the 28th minute name China's second goal.The corner was well placed.
The scorer was another defender, Cai Jinbiao.The final score: China 2, Saudi Arabia 0.