Murat Dzhumakeev’s wards maintained a narrow lead for most of the match against China in the second round of football matches at the Asian Games in Guangzhou. Two goals in the last 10 minutes of the match allowed the Chinese to snatch victory.
Kyrgyzstan opened the scoring on the 6th minute, Abdysh-Ata striker Pavel Sidorenko taking advantage of a mistake by Chinese defenders after they had failed to clear a long range free kick.
The Chinese, who had played virtually in their own half until that point, then subjected their Central Asian opponents to strong pressure which continued until the end of the match.
However, Kyrgyzstan goalkeeper Maksim Agapov has long been a reliable custodian, and he made several saves in addition to riding his luck at times. According to Sport.kg, China’s national team inflicted attack after attack on his goal.
Several times Chinese forwards hit the crossbar or goal post, but could not level the tie.
Only in the 85th minute, did Chinese striker Liu Vendzhun dispel hopes of a shock Kyrgyzstan victory with a clinical header after a cross from the left flank.
In the 5th minute of added time, 21-year-old Shanghai-born midfielder Wu Shi snatched victory for his team – their first in the tournament. Wu Shi received the ball after a long pass from the back and beat Agapov from 20 meters out.
The tie ended 2-1.
Two days earlier, on November 8, Kyrgyzstan lost to the Malaysian national team by the same score line.
China lost to Japan in the first round by a score of 0-3.
In the other game in group A, China secured a berth in the last 16 by beating Malaysia 2-0.
The situation in Group A after the second round of matches:
Japan, 6 points, goal difference +2
Malaysia, 3 points, -1
China, 3 points, -2
Kyrgyzstan, 0 points, -2
The teams that take the first two places in each of the six qualifying groups automatically earn a place in the last 16. Furthermore, the four best third placed teams also get a ticket to the next stage.
Kyrgyzstan certainly will not be able to take second place, but may still compete for third. To do this, they must beat group toppers Japan by at least two goals, and hope that the Malaysia-China match does not end in a draw.
Even in this event, Kyrgyzstan would be dependent on the situation in the other groups and the performance of other teams taking third place.
The football tournament at the Asian Games began before the opening ceremony, which was held on November 12. Kyrgyzstan will be represented at the games by more than 150 athletes in practically every field.
Author: Bektour Iskender