Chinese media sighed as it became difficult to advance to the round of 16 after the draw with Lebanon.
China drew 0-0 in the second Group A match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup group stage against Lebanon at Altumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on the 17th (Korea time). China attempted seven effective shots with a 60% share, but failed to lead to a score in all of them, showing the worst decision, and eventually finishing the game without scoring again following the first game.
China, which only gained one point in the first match, waged an all-out war to win the second match. Aleksandar Jankovic launched a 5-3-2 formation. Chinese superstars Wu Lei and Zhang Winning worked together at the front line. Dai Wei-jun, Wang Sang-yuan, and Xu Xin applied from the midfield. The defense line was composed of Liu Yang, Zhu Chen Jie, Zhang Guangtai, Zhang Linfeng, and Liu Binbin. The goalie’s glove was worn by Yan Junling.
The game drew attention with the news that referee Ko Hyung-jin will manage the game. In addition to the referee Ko Hyung-jin, who was assigned as the referee, South Korean referees, including referee Park Sang-joon, referee Kim Kyung-min and referee Kim Jong-hyuk, were assigned to the game.
Korean fans were not the only ones who were interested in the news that the Korean referee would be assigned. Earlier, the referee of the first group match between Korea and Bahrain was Manning from China, who gave five warnings to Korea throughout the game, sparking complaints among Korean fans. Chinese fans were afraid of being retaliated after hearing that the Korean referee had been assigned.
The match began with much interest. Lebanon took the lead first after a search war. Lebanon threatened China once in the fifth minute with a long-range throw-in, and brought the ball under intense pressure. China tried to relieve Lebanon’s pressure through passes, but it was not as easy as it might have thought. China overused its pass miss, and Lebanon attempted a counterattack by snatching China’s pass. However, Lebanon’s counterattack also failed to lead to a goal as it was blocked by China’s defense.
China also launched a counterattack. At the 11th minute of the first half, China eroded its left flank and attempted a cross into the box, but failed to cross Lebanon’s defense. China attempted attack centering on right flankers Liu Binh and Wu Lei, but this also had little effect.
In the 14th minute of the first half, there was a dizzying scene. Lebanese center back Kamis raised his foot high to take away Dai Weijun’s ball, and a football boot stud hit Dai Weijun in the face. Red card could have been considered according to the referee’s judgment, but referee Ko Hyung-jin declared offside, not a foul. Despite Chinese players’ protests and VARs, the existing judgment was maintained.
Lebanon had a variable in the 18th minute of the first half. Mansour, the center back who was at the center of the back 3, collapsed on the field. Lebanon immediately replaced Mansour and used a replacement card early in the day. While the Lebanese atmosphere became chaotic, China accelerated its attack. Liu Yang’s cross headed to the goal, but luck did not follow. Later, Urey’s shot came out from a corner kick, but the Lebanese defense blocked it.
Lebanon, which set the tone, launched a counterattack again. In the 24th minute of the first half, Zradi aimed for the Chinese goal with a powerful right-footed mid-range shot, but the goalkeeper saved it. Boogieel connected the ball with a header but failed to score. China lost the opportunity in the 29th minute of the first half as Wu Lei failed to receive Dai Weijun’s penetration pass. 헤라카지노주소
The game started to heat up. China’s left flank attack led to a shot with a ball in the 34th minute of the first half. After competing in the box, Lebanon tried to shoot by catching the ball, but it was blocked by defense wall. Lebanon immediately tried to counterattack, and Boogiele tried to end the game with a right-footed shot, but tried to beat the side net and ended it with regret. Lebanon scored with Kamis’ header in the 35th minute of the first half. However, Kamis’ header went over the goal.