Two Chinese teams failed in the AFC Champions League

29 Th4 2022 | 07:17

Shangdong Taishan and Guangzhou FC received 12 goals in the opening match of the AFC Champions League on the evening of April 15.

In the first match of Group F, Shandong Taishan lost 0-7 to Daegu, the team ranked 3rd in the Korean national championship season 2021. Meanwhile, Guangzhou lost 0-5 to Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia in table I

Sina said Shangdong Taishan’s defeat recreated the heaviest defeat by a Chinese team in the AFC Champions League. Last season, Beijing Guoan’s youth team also lost 0-7 to Kawasaki Frontale in the group stage.

Two Chinese teams failed in the AFC Champions League - Football

Two young Chinese teams broke down in their first attempt at the AFC Champions League. Photo: AFC.

At this year’s AFC Champions League, two Chinese representatives only sent the U19s to attend, so the failure was predicted. However, the players proved too inexperienced and made many mistakes, disappointing the media and fans.

In Shangdong’s second goal in the 19th minute, goalkeeper Cao Zheng handled the ball carelessly after a teammate’s pass from the middle of the field. He picked up the ball close to the touchline but fell, creating an opportunity for Zeca to win the ball, easily scoring into the empty goal.

Meanwhile, Guangzhou’s goalkeeper He Lipan had an own goal in the 13th minute. It was a situation where he blocked Fernando Forestieri’s high corner kick with both hands, causing the ball to bounce and fall right in front of the goal. Lipan ran back and missed, the ball hit his foot and went into the net.

Witnessing the silly mistakes of the goalkeepers of two teams Guangzhou and Shandong, I was really angry. How can they play so amateur. I feel sorry for Chinese football“, Sina quoted commentator Pan Weili.

Duy Minh | 05:39 April 16, 2022