China down Kuwait after second half fightback
05 September 2014, 08:11
Beijing - A youthful China overcame a missed first half penalty to fight back strongly and beat Kuwait 3-1 in a friendly match between two Asian Cup qualifiers on Thursday.
China striker Gao Lin was guilty of missing the 36th minute spot kick after his shot was well saved by Nawaf Al Khaldi diving away to his right.
The keeper added further good stops in the first period which looked to finish goalless only for the Kuwaitis to snatch the lead in stoppage time when Khaled Hajiah headed home an outswinging corner.
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China improved after the break in Anshan and were level in the 53rd minute when striker Yang Xu turned under pressure in the box and fired a low shot through the legs of Al Khaldi, who should have done better.
The experienced Al Khaldi was again culpable as China took the lead 11 minutes later when Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Yu Hanchao fired home after the goalkeeper failed to get distance on his punch.
Defender Ren Hang was then dismissed for the hosts with 15 minutes remaining after picking up his second yellow card but Alain Perrin's young side wrapped up the victory in the 90th minute.
Wu Lei taking advantage of some poor defensive work to burst through and slot a low effort past Al Khaldi in a match between two sides that failed to get out of Group A in the last Asian Cup in 2011.
China, who will take on Jordan in another friendly on Tuesday, have been drawn in Group B of January's Asian Cup alongside North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan as they aim for a first title.
Kuwait, winners of the 1980 Asian Cup, have been handed a tough draw in Group A alongside hosts Australia, heavyweights South Korea and Oman.