China PR's Wu Lei strikes late as Espanyol hold Barcelona
Madrid: FC Barcelona were pegged back by La Liga's Espanyol on Saturday as China PR international Wu Lei struck late to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw in a thrilling Catalan derby.
Luis Suarez appeared to have inspired another turnaround at the RCDE Stadium after he cancelled out David Lopez's opener with a deft half-volley before digging out an exquisite pass for substitute Arturo Vidal to finish.
But a red card for Frenkie de Jong with 16 minutes left gave Espanyol renewed hope and Chinese forward Wu emerged the hero, firing past stand-in goalkeeper Neto to rescue a point in Abelardo Fernandez's first game in charge.
China PR appoint Li Tie as national team head coach
Beijing: Former Everton midfielder Li Tie was named as head coach of China PR's men's football team on Thursday, tasked with reviving their Asian Qualifiers campaign after Marcello Lippi's departure.
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) said Li, who played in China's only FIFA World Cup Finals appearance in 2002, is an "outstanding representative of Chinese football players" and was appointed after an open process.
Li is already familiar with the national side having been in temporary charge during the EAFF Championship in Korea Republic last month. The 42-year-old was the manager of Chinese Super League club Wuhan Zall before his appointment.
Hwang’s sweet strike makes it three in a row for Korea Republic
Busan: A superb Hwang In-beom strike helped Korea Republic win a third consecutive EAFF E-1 Football Championship title with a 1-0 triumph over Japan at Busan Asiad Main Stadium on Wednesday.
The Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder – the only player on the pitch currently playing his club football outside of East Asia - made all the difference with a sweetly hit 28th-minute goal, which ultimately secured Paulo Bento’s first piece of silverware as national team coach.
Earlier, China PR defeated Hong Kong 2-0 to finish third.
Road to Qatar 2022 & China 2023: Five Talking Points
Kuala Lumpur: After six rounds of matches, the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 are done and dusted for 2019.
Qualifying action for the two premier competitions will resume on March 26 as the players - depending on where they play their club football - either return to their teams or get some much needed break.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at five talking points at this stage of a thrilling Asian Qualifiers.
Kuala Lumpur: Matchday Six of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 came to a close with Syria and Turkmenistan the big winners on an exciting day of action.
Syria made it five wins from five to seize control of Group A as the West Asians will take a whopping eight-point lead into 2020 after defeating Philippines 1-0.
Turkmenistan will also head into the new year as Group H leaders, with their 1-0 win over Sri Lanka and the Lebanon-DPR Korea tie ending in a goalless stalemate giving the Central Asian side a one-point lead.