China's Olympic soccer team was defeated 4-0 by Italian Serie A
side Juventus in a friendly match Sunday.
It was the second consecutive loss for Ratomir Dujkovic's side
against Italian top flight teams after being beaten by Inter 3-0
Shandong Luneng forward Lu Zheng, whose argument with a Chinese
assistant coach almost escalated into fight the day before, was
expelled by team management and sent back to China.
French international David Trezeguet opened scoring 34 minutes
into the game while captain Alessandro Del Piero, and players Pavel
Nedved, Raffaele Palladino put in more goals in the second
As part of Dujkovic's drive to test his players, China changed
all 11 players in the starting lineup in the second half. Juventus
coach Claudio Ranieri also used nine substitutes.
China's Serbian coach thought the match was a good exercise for
his players and the experience drawn from these matches should be
remembered for rest of their lives.
Ranieri was also satisfied with the results his team received
from this pre-season warm-up as the team just concluded a training
"We played against a team good at moving the ball on the pitch
and they made us run around, which is exactly what we wanted,"
China will play Lecce on Wednesday.
(China Daily July 23, 2007)