China PR reached the last 16 of the Asian Games football tournament today with a 3-0 win over a Malaysian team who finished the match with eight men.
China PR, who will tackle rivals Korea Republic for a place in the quarter-finals, only broke the deadlock after an hour despite their opponents having lost Mahuli Jasuli and captain Safiq Rahmin to red cards as early as the 25th minute.
Li Jianbin opened the scoring in the 61st minute with Zhao Honglue adding a second four minutes later. Zhang Linpeng then converted an 83rd minute penalty after Subramaniam Sumindran had become the third Malaysian to be sent off.
China PR finished runners-up to Group A winners Japan who saw off Kyrgyzstan 3-0 to finish the first stage with a perfect record of three wins in three matches. Kyohei Noborizato scored twice for Japan with Takamitsu Tomiyama adding a late third.
Iran, the 2002 Asian Games champions, topped Group B with a 1-0 victory over Vietnam which gave them a third win. Turkmenistan took second spot thanks to a 1-1 draw against Bahrain.
Korea Republic were two goals to the good inside the first 13 minutes thanks to Yoon Bitgaram and Monaco's Park Chu-Young. Park Hee-Seong added a third after 52 minutes with a smart turn and shot after a long punt up field.
Korea DPR, who had already made sure of their last 16 spot, topped Group C with three wins in three after seeing off Jordan 3-0. Kim Yong-Jun was on target after 16 minutes with Choe Myong-Ho adding a 78th-minute. Choe Kum-Chol tucked away a third in the 82nd minute.