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Bayern brings Evergrande down to earth

English.news.cn   2013-12-18 17:14:33            

BEIJING, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich on Tuesday beat Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 in a Club World Cup semifinal in Agadir, Morocco. The Chinese club seemed doomed for failure, but the final statistics was still embarrassing.

As the first ever Chinese club appearing in this tournament, Evergrande will fight for third place against the loser in the other semifinal between Raja Casablanca and Atletico Mineiro.

The obvious difference between Evergrande and Bayern was partly shown in the score, as the woodwork denied five more shots by the German giant, and in the second half Bayern relaxed and gave the Chinese club some breath.

The statistics showed Bayern had 72 percent of possession and 27 shots, while Evergrande only managed two shots.

Italian head coach Lippi, who seems to be the only comparable part of two teams, said there was nothing he could do to make things better for Evergrande.

Lippi, who stood on sidelines for the first 45 minutes, returned to his seat in the second half.

Most Chinese media and fans are satisfied with the players' performance. Right after the game, People's Daily said on its twitter-like weibo, "0-3, no miracle, but Evergrande have done their best."

Leading news portal Sina said that Bayern's advantage was more than three goals, pointing to the five shots denied by the woodwork.

National television CCTV said on its verified weibo account that the Club World Cup and a meeting with Bayern made Evergrande better known to the world.

Evergrande have made great progress with the help of Lippi, having won three Chinese Super League titles, one FA Cup title and the 2013 AFC Champions League.

Lippi admitted on Tuesday that the Chinese club needs many years to reach the level of Bayern.

"Bayern jolted us awake from blind confidence," said a soccer fan named "Getting Old" on his weibo account. "Let's calm down and come up with a plan to raise the standard of Chinese soccer."

Editor: Yang Yi
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