China earn late victory
The visitors proved more dangerous throughout the match with Jurijs Zigajevs smashing a penalty against the crossbar eight minutes into the second period.
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"Chinese football is still struggling to achieve something in continental tournaments, and we must double efforts to improve ourselves," said China coach Gao Hongbo.
"My young players received a good training course in today's game," he said. "The result didn't necessarily reflect my side's good performance. We were just not lucky enough to score a goal."