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Qu’s 50th minute goal gives China 1-0 victory in world championships Group C opener.

MENDOZA, Argentina (Sunday, June 17, 2001) -- Qu Bo broke loose for the only goal of the game, giving China a 1-0 victory over the United States in the opening match for both nations’ under-20 men in the the XIth FIFA World Youth Championship at a cold and chilly Malvinas Argentinas Stadium this afternoon.

Group C
Team W L T GF GA Pts
Ukraine 1 0 0 4 2 3
China 1 0 0 1 0 3
United States 0 1 0 0 1 0
Chile 0 1 0 2 4 0

Sunday results
China 1, United States 0
Ukraine 4, Chile 2

Wednesday games
United States vs. Chile
China vs. Ukraine

Saturday games
United States vs. Ukraine
Chile vs. China

Ukraine (1-0, 3 points) romped to a 4-2 triumph over Chile (0-1, 0 points) to complete play in Group C. The U.S. faces Chile Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. (Eastern) in a match to be televised on a delayed basis by Spanish-language Galavision at 9 p.m. in the network’s East and West Coast feed. Please check local listings.

Despite controlling play for the majority of the second half, the United States was unable to penetrate the Chinese defense and was shut out for the second straight time in international competition.

"I am a little disappointed with the result, but on the other hand I thought we saw two good teams out there playing good soccer for the first game in this tournament," U.S. head coach Wolfgang Suhnholz said. "I know that China is a very good team and they gave us a lot of problems in the first half. Finally, in the second half, we came out and got the game under control. I think we did most of the attacking in the second half."

In the 50th minute, a Chinese pass split the American defense to Qu Bo who had slid alone into the top right of the penalty area. He carried the ball in to a one-on-one with goalkeeper D.J. Countess and beat the sliding keeper to make it 1-0.

Qu also scored against the full U.S. men’s national team January 27 in a 2-1 victory for the Americans at Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum.

While the U.S. (0-1, 0 points) did most of the attacking in the second half, it also did much of the defending in the opening 45 minute. Countess was huge in net, particularly with the four saves he contributed before intermission. His best came when he elevated to palm a Gao Ming blast over the bar.

"I think that up top we had a tough time progressing the ball," Countess said. "But at the same time, China is a very good team and they did well today. Give them credit, that is just the way it happens some times. Defensively we did pretty well, offensively we created chances we just couldn't get on the end of them unfortunately."

The American attack was undermined by its failure in the final third. The U.S. had several good scoring chances, but in what would become a theme of the afternoon, was not able to find the final touch or final pass when needed. Striker Landon Donovan produced the most dangerous shot in 33rd minute, but his 24-yard left-footed blast was tipped wide of the right post by Chinese goalkeeper. Midfielder Kyle Martino also had a shot sail just wide in the 16th minute.

"We did well in the second half. We had a few chances, and if we could have done better with them, we would have been right back there," Donovan said. "If we would have made the final touch or the final pass we could have done better with them and it would have been a different match."

Alecko Eskandarian replaced Conor Casey on the front line in the 63rd minute and was soon presented with a pair of opportunities to even the score. But the striker, added to the team after a memorable performance last month at the Toulon Festival in France, came up empty. After a brilliant combination between defender Alex Yi and midfielder Bobby Convey, Convey's cross to the back post found Eskandarian alone, but the University of Virginia student could do nothing with it. Minutes later, he found himself with the ball and time at the top of the box, but he hurried his shot from 15 yards and An Qi made the save.

"Sometimes you play poorly, that is just the way the game is," Donovan said. "You can’t play good all the time. We just had a bad day."

Oguchi Onyewu and Yi produced solid performances in the backline, while Kelly Gray was solid for 90 minutes in his role as a defensive midfielder.

The top two teams from each group and the four best third-place teams advance to the second round. After taking on Chile Wednesday, the Americans close preliminary play with Ukraine Saturday.

"We have two games left and I'm very confident," Suhnholz said. "Besides the result, I'm quite happy about our performance today."

China 1, United States 0

Lineups: United States - D.J. Countess, Alex Yi, Nelson Akwari (captain), Oguchi Onyewu, Bobby Convey, Kelly Gray, Brian Carroll (Philip Salyer, 86), Kyle Martino (Edson Buddle 63), DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Conor Casey (Alecko Eskandarian 57). China - An Qi, Du Wei (captain), Zhou Lin, Wang Sheng, Hu Zhaojun, Gao Ming, Yan Song (Wang Xinxin 65), Xu Liang, Yaokun Zhang, Qu Bo (Ma Yi 64), Yu Tao.

China - Qu (assist not reported) 50.

Shots: United States 8, China 8. Saves: United States 5, China 2. Corner kicks: United States 2, China 9. Fouls: United States 12, China 7. Offside: United States 3, China 2. Yellow card cautions: China - Xu 69, Wang Sheng 92+.

Referee: Hichem Guirat (Tunisia) Assistant referees: Haidar Koleit (Liberia), Carlos Nery Lopez Olivera (Uruguay). Attendance: 4,500 at Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza, Argentina. Weather: 32 degrees, cloudy, wet.

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