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National Teams

Second draw in Nanning

China wins third
place in another
Croatia shootout

14.01.2017.
China wins third place in another Croatia shootout
photo by: China Football Association
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In the third place match at China Cup, Croatia lost to hosts China in yet another penalty shootout.

CHINA - CROATIA 5:4 (1:1, 0:1)
China Cup, 3rd place match
Guangxi Stadium, Nanning.

Referee: H. J. Ko (South Korea)

Goals: 0:1 - Ivanušec (36'), 1:1 - Jingbin (89')

Cautions: Jiakang (44'), Tudor (48'), Antolić (53')

Penalties: 1:2 - Pivarić, 2:2 - Hongbo, 2:3 - Ozobić, 3:3 - Zhongguo, Perošević - hits the bar, Xiaodong - Prskalo saves, 3:4 - Juranović, 4:4 - Jingbin, Mišić - Xiaotian saves, 5:4 - Jinxian

China: Shi Xiaotian, Pei Shuai, Fan Xiaodong, Yang Shanping (65' Wang Jinxian), Gao Zhunyi (46' Feng Gang), Cai Huikang (46' Hu Rentian), Yin Hongbo, Deng Hanwen, Chi Zhongguo, Cui Min, Hui Jiakang (75' Wang Jingbin). Head coach: M. Lippi.

Croatia: Prskalo, Pivarić, Datković, Filipović, Juranović, Antolić (65' Perošević), Mišić, Barišić (90+1' Ozobić), Ivanušec (80' Matas), Tudor (68' Šitum), Marić (46' Andrijašević). Head coach: A. Čačić.

Following the Chile encounter on Wednesday, Ante Čačić's men took on China on Saturday and had to deal with the second penalty shootout in just a couple of days time.

First two opportunities against the Chinese were missed by Tudor in opening minutes, both headers, and Datković threatened in the same manner after Mišić's corner in 26th minute.

China rarely tested Prskalo, while Croatia took the lead in 36th minute, when Ivanušec finished strongly after a Tudor's assists from the right, becoming youngest Croatia senior national team goalscorer in history.

Carrying a one-goal advantage into second half, Tudor failed to convert a one-on-one situation with Xiaotian, with Barišić and Perošević trying shots from the edge of the box.

However, China managed to equalize in the closing minutes, when Jingbin header at the near post found its way under Prskalo to make it 1:1.

Pivarić, Ozobić, and Juranović converted their penalty kicks for Croatia, Perošević hit the bar and the goal-line, while Xiaotian stopped Mišić in Croatia's last attempt. Prskalo saved Xiaodong effort, but Jinxian closed the proceedings and initiated Chinese celebrations.

China thus won third place at China Cup, with Chile and Iceland to decide on the trophy on Sunday.

Photo: CFA

14.01.2017.. Spectators: 25579
Referees: Hyung Jin Ko, Rep. Koreja, Kwang Yeol Yoon, Rep. Koreja, Young Ha Kim, Rep. Koreja
Fourth referee: Jong Hyeok Kim, Rep. Koreja
China
5
Croatia
4
1Shi Xiaotian12Andrej Prskalo
3Pei Shuai8Domagoj Antolić
53'
65'
4Fan Xiaodong19Josip Pivarić
5Yang Shanping
65'
4Toni Datković
6Gao Zhunyi
46'
16Fran Tudor
48'
68'
8Cai Huikang
46'
15Josip Mišić
11Yin Hongbo9Mirko Marić
46'
13Deng Hanwen14Luka Ivanušec
36'
80'
15Chi Zhongguo13Jakov Filipović
17Cui Min3Borna Barišić
90'+1'
21Hui Jiakang
44'
75'
17Josip Juranović
Bench
12Zou Dehai1Dominik Livaković
22Chi Wenyi18Filip Ozobić
90'+1'
7Wang Jingbin
89'
75'
10Franko Andrijašević
46'
10Hu Rentian
46'
11Antonio Perošević
65'
14Feng Gang
46'
7Mario Šitum
68'
20Wang Jinxian
65'
5Mateo Barać
6Nikola Matas
80'
Coaches
Marcello LippiAnte Čačić