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Espanyol's Wu becomes first Chinese goalscorer in European game


Friday, October 4, 2019
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Moscow: Espanyol forward Wu Lei became the first Chinese man to score in a major European competition on Thursday as his side beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 in the Europa League group stage.


The 27-year-old China PR international struck the opening goal on 64 minutes in Russia, clinically dinking the ball over CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev after a slick pass from Matias Vargas.

Wu, who was later booked for a dive, joined Espanyol from Shanghai SIPG in January for a reported 2 million euros.

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He became the first Chinese to score in Spain's top league in March in a 3-1 victory over Real Valladolid.

He also scored during qualifying for this season's Europa League and has two goals in 14 appearances for Espanyol this term.

Wang Shuang was the first Chinese player to score in the Champions League last year, finding the target for Paris Saint-Germain in the women's edition of the competition.

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👟 From Vargas ➡️ ⚽️ Wu Lei to score our first goal! 💫👏⚪️🔵

Soooom-hi!!!

¡Grandeeee, equipo!#EspècieEnExpansió | #RCDE | #Volem | #EspanyoldeBarcelona | #UEL pic.twitter.com/yKmJGc336C

— RCD Espanyol de Barcelona (@RCDEspanyol) October 3, 2019

Wu Lei will feature for China PR in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 when the East Asians take on Guam on October 10 and Philippines five days later.

China PR opened their qualifying campaign with a 5-0 win over Maldives on September 10.

Source: AFP

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