Lippi brings China back on track |


Guangju (China) – Italy's veteran coach Marcello Lippi led the Chinese national football team to a second win in their second game since returning to lead their technical management when they beat Tajikistan 1-0 in a friendly international match in Guangzhou.

Striker Yang Chu scored the only goal in the 10th minute. The 71-year-old was re-elected by the Chinese federation on May 24 to the post he left in January after coming out against Iran (0-3) in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in the UAE. His team-mate Fabio Cannavaro, who stepped down after two defeats against Thailand and Uzbekistan 1-0.

Lippi, who led his country to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, started his second adventure with China, beating his modest 2-0 win over the Philippines on Friday in a friendly.

The Chinese league aims to re-use Lippi's services to "realize the dreams of the World Cup" for the Red Team for the second time in its history after the first in 2002, when he booked his card on the Yellow Planet after Japan and South Korea automatically qualify as hosts of the tournament. With three defeats and without scoring a goal.

Lippi will start the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in September. China, ranked 74th in the world, began the second half of its match against Tajikistan with six Beijing Guoan leaders, including England youth midfielder Nico Yenares, who won Chinese citizenship in January because of Chinese roots for his mother's grandparents.

Born in London in May 1993, Yinares, who began his professional career with Arsenal in 2011, entered the lead in the first half and played 60 minutes in his second international game with China.


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