Lei Wu celebreates scoring one in every of his two objectives in China’s Asian Cup win over the Philippines
Bitter Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson scrapped dinner plans with previous foe Marcello Lippi after China thrashed his Philippines facet 3-Zero on Friday to achieve the final 16 of the Asian Cup.
China’s star striker Wu Lei fired an excellent double towards the Filipino ‘Road Canines’ in Abu Dhabi as Marcello Lippi emerged victorious in a heavyweight teaching conflict.
As is customized between the 2 elder statesmen of the sport, the loser buys the opposite dinner together with a classic bottle of wine.
However Eriksson had little abdomen for the previous friends’ act when the septuagenarians embraced after the match.
“No, no dinner plans,” snapped the previous England supervisor. “I used to be not in an excellent temper for a protracted dialogue. I simply wished (Lippi) good luck for the longer term.
“We forgot about Wu Lei — twice,” grimaced Eriksson, who beforehand coached the match-winner at Chinese language membership Shanghai SIPG.
“In case you do this he’ll punish you and he did with two nice objectives. We paid a heavy value however we’re not house but. We nonetheless have hope — however small hope, in all probability.”
China, runners-up in 1984 and 2004, improved to 6 factors from two video games in Group C after beating Kyrgyzstan 2-1 of their opening recreation.
However they seemed far sharper towards the Philippines, like the previous Soviet republic additionally showing within the first Asian Cup.
“I am very happy with my gamers,” mentioned Lippi, who led his native Italy to World Cup victory in 2006.
“They had been aggressive, targeted and confirmed a variety of high quality. If we will proceed to play like that now we have nothing to worry from any crew at this Asian Cup.”
Lippi’s facet ought to have led after 32 minutes when Wu Xi headed wastefully broad from point-blank vary.
However Wu Lei supplied the spark 5 minutes earlier than half-time, turning on the sting of the field and whipping a right-foot shot into the far nook.
His second was even higher as he swivelled to slam a Hao Junmin free kick previous goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard on the volley after 66 minutes to successfully end the tie.
Substitute Yu Dabao added a 3rd together with his first contact 10 minutes from time for China, who’re hoping to enhance on their quarter-final end in Australia 4 years in the past.
Pulverised 8-1 the final time the groups met in 2017, the Philippines gave China extra of a combat this time, having misplaced 1-Zero to South Korea earlier this week.
Kevin Ingreso compelled a fingertip save from China goalkeeper Yan Junling in first-half stoppage time however Eriksson’s pale badly after the break.
South Korea, runners-up in 2015, had been taking part in Kyrgyzstan in a while Friday.