Marcello Lippi's China reach Asian Cup quarter-finals after fightback win over Thailand

Goals from Xiao Zhi and a penalty from Gao Lin get the Chinese through in Al Ain with 2-1 success

Soccer Football - AFC Asian Cup - Round of 16 - Thailand v China - Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates - January 20, 2019  China's Gao Lin celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates  REUTERS/Satish Kumar Subramani
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China fought back from being a goal down at half time to beat Thailand 2-1 in their Asian Cup second-round match on Sunday.

Thailand had led at half time at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium thanks to Supachai Jaided's close range effort.

But China levelled in the 67th minute as Xiao Zhi was first to react after his header had been saved by Thai goalkeeper Sivarak Tedsungnoen and rammed home the rebound.

Tedsungnoen was beaten four minutes later as Gao Lin scored from penalty spot after he had been felled in the penalty area.

China survived late pressure and they will face either Iran or Oman in the quarter-finals on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.


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