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China edge Kyrgyzstan 2-1, Iran hammer Yemen 5-0

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-01-07 20:54
China's Yu Dabao celebrates with his teammates. [Photo/VCG]

DUBAI -- China rallied from 1-0 behind to beat Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Group C opener at the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Monday.

It was the fourth consecutive win for China in a group opener in their Asian Cup history. They had crushed Malaysia 5-1 in the 2007 edition, beat Kuwait 2-0 in 2011 and edged Saudi Arabia 1-0 in 2015.

Asian Cup debutantes Kyrgyzstan extended their record for consecutive head-to-head losses to five.

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