China ease past Oman in AFC U-23 opening match
Changzhou, China: Host nation China PR began their AFC U23 Championship
2018 campaign in fine fashion on Tuesday thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win
over Oman at the Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre.
Goals from Yang Liyu, Li Xiaoming and Wei Shihao proved the difference on
a bitterly cold afternoon, as China laid down an impressive early marker in
a group which saw Qatar beat Uzbekistan 1-0 in their opening tie.
With China in the ascendancy, Oman’s defence was to be breached twice
in quick succession, as first Yang expertly converted Li Shuai’s pinpoint delivery
on the half hour mark, and then Li Xiaoming headed home Wei’s superb floated
cross to double his side’s advantage just four minutes later.
To their credit, Oman rallied briefly after the break, but the game was
effectively ended as a contest in the 53rd minute when the impressive Wei
powered home a header after being found by Yao Junsheng.