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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
Uruguay too tough for China
Ma Mingyu (right) watches Fabian O'Neill get his pass away
Ma Mingyu (right) watches Fabian O'Neill get his pass away
China 0-2 Uruguay

Sebastian Abreu struck twice in the second half to fire Uruguay to a 2-0 win over China in a World Cup warm-up in Shenyang on Thursday.

The two-time World Cup winners struggled to break down a resolute China defence and had to wait until the 74th minute for the opener.

China, who will be making their first appearance in the finals, coped well in wet conditions following a 20-minute downpour in the stadium.

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I hope the players got a keener idea of the difference between scoring and not scoring
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Bora Milutinovic

China's coach Bora Milutinovic brought on an extra forward at the break and withdrew key defensive midfielder Li Tie after the break, opening holes in the defence.

Abreu took advantage in the 74th minute, firing a low drive past Chinese goalkeeper An Qi after a good build-up.

And the forward, who plays for Cruz Azul in Mexico, added a second just four minutes later by volleying home a Diego Perez cross.

Ma Mingyu and substitute Qu Bo both went close for China, but they were unable to find a way past Uruguay goalkeeper Fabian Carini.

Li Ming (right) tussles with Gonzalo Sorondo
Li Ming (right) tussles with Gonzalo Sorondo

Milutinovic said he was "not happy to have lost, but very happy with the composure of the players".

"I hope the players got a keener idea of the difference between scoring and not scoring, winning and not winning."

Uruguay coach Victor Pua took the opportunity to try out a number of players and admitted he was happy with his squad's contribution.

"Although we made lots of substitutions, we never lost our overall game plan," he said.


China: Jiang Jin, (An Qi 46), Wu Chengying (Yang Pu 75), Fan Zhiyi (Zhang Enhua 29), Sun Jihai (Xu Yunlong 21), Li Tie (Gao Yao 46), Ma Mingyu (Zhao Junzhe 46), Su Maozhen (Qu Bo 46), Li Weifeng (Du Wei 73), Li Xiaopeng (Li Ming 60), Qi Hong, Yang Chen (Zhang Yuning 60).

Uruguay: Hector Fabian Carini, Gustavo Mendez (Diego Perez 83), Gonzalo Sorondo, Paolo Montero (Nicolas Olivera 70), Pablo Garcia (Marcelo Romero 64), Dario Rodriguez (Sebastian Eguren 84), Gianni Guigou, Fabian O'Neil, Sebastian Abreu, Mario Regueiro (Diego Forlan 60), Alvaro Recoba.


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