Reigning champions China has hammered Bangladesh 5-0 to secure
their spot in the quarterfinals of the AFC U-17 Championship Friday
China easily tore apart the Bangladeshi defense and stormed to a
sound three-goal lead in the first half, cementing their position
in the last eight.
All three of China's goals in the first half came from
The prolific Ma Long opened the floodgates in the 27th minute
off a header from a beautiful executed right wing free kick by
Two quickfire goals by Shandong Luneng hotshot Gao Di minutes
before half time killed off any chance of a Bangladesh fight-back.
Gao capitalised on Bangladesh's defensive lapses in the 42nd
minute, and scored with a somehow awkward downward header. Two
minutes later, Wu Hongyang turned provider with his left wing
cross, converted superbly by the alert Gao.
Mahbub Hussein Roksy's Bangladesh packed their defense from the
beginning with hardworking skipper Tawhidul Sabuz Alam leadng from
the front but they simply couldn't match their formidable
counterparts, who were a head taller.
The second half was the same story with China dominating play
and scoring two more goals.
Li Haifang's powerful long range shot off a short pass by Tang
Jiashu in the 77th minute left Bangladeshi custodian Mohammad
Maksudur Rahman, who was arguably the busiest man on the pitch,
Ma Long's second goal of the game, in the 82nd minute, completed
the rout and added to the Bangladeshis' woes.
China, after collecting seven points from three matches to top
the group, were rewarded with a place in the last eight next Monday
against the North Korea.
Syria, who beat Asean dark horse Vietnam 2-0 in another group
game, finished second in the group with six points and will meet
Saudi Arabia in the quarterfinals on September 11.
(CRI September 9, 2006)