It was a scoreless draw for the second consecutive game. With the history of Chinese soccer set to become disgraceful, fans were angry at the relaxed mood.
The Chinese national soccer team, led by head coach Aleksandar Jankovic, tied Lebanon 0-0 in the second Group A match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup at Altumama Stadium in Doha on the 17th. Following the first match against Tajikistan, it ended up with another scoreless draw.
China is on the verge of elimination. As China has only secured two points so far, the ranking will likely change significantly depending on the outcome of the final match. Qatar (six points) has secured its advance to the round of 16 teams with two wins, but the gap between China and Tajikistan and Lebanon (one point or more) is not big. Moreover, China may not be able to keep its second place as it will face Qatar, the No. 1 player in the final match.
China confirmed its shortlist of 26 early on and moved to the Middle East. It has been preparing for the season for a long time amid high expectations, but has displayed quite sluggish scoring capacity. China attempted 24 shots during the two matches, but failed to score a goal. Players with overseas experience, such as Wu Lei (Shanghai Hai Gang), Zhang Yuning (Beijing Guoan), and Tan Long (Changchun Yatai), who have experienced in Europe in their own way, are not easily accepting their current no-goal status among strikers.
His overall performance is also not good. In particular, it was fortunate that the team did not lose the second match against Lebanon. While Lebanon hit the crossbar twice, China also responded with a slugfest. It also had a chance to score a goal. However, it failed to score even in an empty net situation. He attacked from the side at 19th minute in the second half and put the ball into the box, but kicked the ball that bounced off the hand of the Lebanese goalkeeper. Urei had a critical chance when he could have crossed the goal line. However, he was blocked by Lebanon’s final defense.
With the two consecutive scoreless draws, public sentiment in China has cooled down. “There were only two good chances to attack in the match against Lebanon. The only scene where Wu Lei’s header came out following Zhang Linfeng’s cross and the second scene where Wu Lei failed to shoot properly,” Sina Sports said.
Jankovic’s leadership is also under fire. “Coach Jankovic’s China has no technical and tactical pattern. His team is also deteriorating. His average age is 29.7 years, 헤라카지노도메인 the second oldest among the 24 teams in this year’s event,” Sina Sports said.
In the end, China regards China as the worst team ever. China has displayed good performance at Asian Cup events. China has been a regular player at Asian Cup events for 13 times, and its best performance is not bad as it finished second at the 1984 Singapore Games and the 2004 Asian Games held in home country. China recently advanced to quarterfinals at both 2015 Australia and 2019 United Arab Emirates.
The situation in which Koreans have to worry about elimination from the group stage goes back to 13 years ago. At the 2011 Qatar Championship, they were eliminated from the group stage after finishing third behind Uzbekistan and Qatar. The “nightmare” in Qatar could unfold again for the first time in 13 years.