China's Olympic soccer team fought back from three goals down to grind out a 3-3 draw with the United States at an international friendly here on Sunday.
"In the first half we played very well, but the second half was really bad. In the locker room we realized that China would cause some trouble before home crowds," said U.S. coach Peter Nowak.
"We played an awful first half, but got an excellent half after the break. We made a lot of silly mistakes in the first half. Although we are lucky today, we should not make such kind of mistakes in the future," said China boss Ratomir Dujkovic.
"I'm really disappointed with the attitude of some players. And they should have a self-examination. I told them that to lose in this way is shameful during the break."
The Americans had a fruitless draw with the hosts three days ago in Changsha, but in the second meeting they showed their strength before a second-choice Chinese side.
Dujkovic made several changes to the starting lineup compared with Thursday's game, and changed the formation from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1. But the big change proved to be disastrous when the Serbiancoach found his men three goals down after merely 31 minutes.
Robbie Rogers opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a fine drive inside the area following a wicked throw-in. Patrik Ianni doubled the advantage from a corner before forward Charlie Davis made it 3-0.
The Americans controlled the rhythm with their technical advantage, while the passive hosts only had one loose shot from Zhao Xuri during the first half.
China rallied after the break after Dujkovic brought on all the attacking players. Substitute striker Zhu Ting headed one back eight minutes into the second half, before Du Zhenyu, "Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Chinese Super League" drove home a marvellous shot after chipping a mid-air pass with his heel to beat his marker inside the box. Du finally equalized with a penalty earned by substitute striker Wang Xiaolong before the final whistle.
Wang Xiaolong and U.S. captain Sacha Kljestan received their marching orders after a brawl in the dying minutes.
Dujkovic's side will meet Bundesliga outfit Cottbus on Dec. 18,and will head for France in early January to have some warm-ups with local clubs as part of their preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.