Beijing, Jun. 22(Sinosoc) -- After convincing victories over Turkey, Ukraine and Panama, China lose 3-2 to Germany at The Willem II Stadium in Tilburg and exit the World Youth Championship at the last sixteen stage.
In an evenly balanced match played in front of 9,000 spectators, Eckhard Krautzun's side twice took the lead through Shenyang Ginde striker Chen Tao, whose fourth-minute curling free kick and 20th-minute penalty were cancelled out by strikes from Christian Gentner and Nicky Alder, both scorers in the 2-2 draw between these two sides in a warm-up match last month.
With the game heading for extra time, Marvin Matip nodded home the winner from a Michael Delura cross in the 89th minute to send China crashing out.
"Despite our loss I am very proud of the performance," said Eckhard Krautzun. "China have proved we can play football, score goals and play offensively, but we made too many mistakes in defence. Germany's diagonal balls hurt us."
China: Yang Cheng; Zhao Ming, Zheng Tao, Feng Xiaoting, Tan Wangsong; Cui Peng (Dong Fangzhuo 90'+3'), Chen Tao, Zhou Haibin (Zou You 90'+3'), Hao Junmin (Zhao Xuri 58'); Lu Lin, Gao Lin