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Chinese men's soccer team scores 1st Olympic goal
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Chinese Olympic men football team pose for photos before 2008 Beijng Olympic Games men football group C match against New Zealand in Shenyang Olympic Stadium, the co-host city of the Olympic Games in northeast China's Liaoning province on August 7, 2008. [China Foto Press/Zhang Wenkui]

China won their first point and scored their first goal in Olympic Games and World Cup as they drew with Olympian debutant New Zealand 1-1 in their Group C match of the men's soccer tournament on Thursday.

Subsititute forward Dong Fangzhuo, who plays for Manchester United, scored a last-gasp goal with a headar with two minutes before the final whistle.


Dong Fangzhuo, who plays for Manchester United, scored a last-gasp goal with a headar with two minutes before the final whistle.

China scored none in their only World Cup appearance in 2002 and previous Olympics experience in the 1988 Seoul Games, where they conceded a total of five goals.

New Zealand broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute, when midfielder Craig Henderson chested the ball down near the Chinese box and flicked it to a running Jeremy Brockie, who duly slammed it into the back of the net.

The first half of the match featured a number of fruitless tit-for-tat attacks and is marred by a series of fouls. New Zealand defense mainstay Steven Old, who plays in the Australian A-League, was sent off after receiving his second yellow card because of a hand ball in the 39th minute.

China started to reinforce offensiveness and overwhelmed the Kiwis in their half. In the 67th minute, forward Jiang Ning got perfect sight of goal. Charlton Athletic playmaker Zheng Zhi crossed the ball from the left, but the chance was denied by New Zealand captain and defender Ryan Nelsen.


 Zheng Zhi (L) of China fights for the ball with New Zealand player Aaron Scott during the Beijing Olympic Games men's football Group C first round match at Shenyang Olympic Stadium in Olympic co-host city Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, Aug. 7, 2008. China and New Zealand played out a 1-1 draw in the match on Thursday. [Xinhua/Xie Huanchi]

New Zealand had chance to score a last minute winner but the ball was skewed wide.

New Zealand's "Oly-Whites" have never qualified for the men's Olympic tournament before but they became the confident qualifier of Oceania with Australia now competing in the Asian confederation.

China will take on Belgium and the Kiwis will meet medal favorite Brazil in their next matches.

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