Beijing, Jun. 15(Sinosoc) -- China followed up Saturday's win against Turkey with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ukraine on Tuesday and become the first team to reach the FIFA World Youth Championship round of sixteen.
Ukraine were the more attacking side from the outset and had a number of scoring chances before Dmytro Vorobei beat Yang Cheng with a low shot on 19 minutes.
China kept their nerve and levelled on the half-hour mark when Tianjin Teda prodigy Hao Junmin dribbled two opponents on the right then played into the path of Dalian Shide forward Zhu Ting, who slotted past Ukraine keeper Leonid Musin.
Buoyed by the psychological advantage, Krautzun's boys took the lead on 66 minutes when Chen Tao sent Leonid the wrong way from the penalty spot after Oleksandr Aliiev handled a Hao Junmin cross in the box.
But just four minutes later Aliiev made amends for his earlier mistake and converted a spot kick after Zhu Ting was dismissed for tripping Oleksandr Sytnyk in the area.
However, China weren't finished and in the 75th minute Shandong Luneng midfielder Cui Peng capitalised on poor defending by the Ukraine rearguard to connect with Chen Tao's left-wing inswinging corner and nod home China's winner.
"I am so proud of the team as they played with good teamwork and fighting spirit and it in the end it was that spirit which carried us through this hard-fought match," said China coach Eckhard Krautzun.
China: Yang Cheng; Zhao Ming, Zheng Tao (Liu Yu 46'), Feng Xiaoting, Tan Wangsong; Hao Junmin (Lu Lin 72'), Chen Tao, Zhao Xuri, Cui Peng (Wang Hongliang 87'); Gao Lin, Zhu Ting
Match venue: Galgenwaard Stadium, Utrecht
Group B standings after 2 games:
China 2 6
Ukraine 2 3
Turkey 2 3
Panama 2 0
Remaining fixtures (17 June):
China v Panama
Turkey v Ukraine