China lose second friendly, to Andalucia 4-1
By Fang Xuan (www.chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2005-12-29 10:56
China played their second friendly of a tour in Spain on Wednesday evening,
losing 4-1 to a selected Andalucia team in Cardiz.
The Andalucia United is made up of Primera Liga players from Vallencia,
Deportivo La Coruna Sevilla, Malaga, and Betis, featuring stars the like of
Diego Tristan and Joaquin Sanchez.
Andalucia set up an early advantage in the game as Diego Tristan stroke the
opener only two minutes after the start and Jesus Navas added another goal a
mere two minutes later to make it 2-0.
China geared up its attack in the second half, with Sun Xiang's long drive in
front of the area hitting the framework six minutes into the half.
Two minutes later, forward Li Yi cashed in on a mistake by their
opponents and shot the ball into an empty net after dribbling past the
goalie, marking China's first ever goal in a European tour.
Then, four minutes later, substitute Sun Ji fouled in the goalie area,
leading to an Antonio penalty that enlarged Andalucia's lead to 3-1. Valencia's
Carlos Marchena scored the fourth goal fifteen minutes before the end, capping
China will play Atletico Santander on Friday evening as Real Madrid cancelled
a training match schedule of their reserve teams against China.