Goals by Wu Chun-Ching and Lin Chieh-Hsun helped Chinese Taipei defeat a shorthanded Guam on Saturday afternoon in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Round 2 Men’s tournament.
The teams traded attacks in the opening stages, with Chen Chao-An setting up chances for Chinese Taipei in the first few minutes while Guam striker Shane Malcolm was active on both sides of the ball, creating chances with his trademark long throw-ins at one moment before rushing back to force a turnover seconds later.
The tenor of the match appeared to shift when Guam’s Justin Lee was shown a straight red card for appearing to kick the face of fallen Chinese Taipei defender Chen Chao-An – an act the midfielder futilely pleaded was incidental before eventually accepting his marching orders from referee Tumenbayar Doljinsuren.
The numerical advantage allowed Chinese Taipei to take the lead in the 26th minute, with Chen Po-Liang dishing the ball to Wu who had no problem putting the ball past goalkeeper Dallas Jaye.
Five minutes later Guam suffered another setback when captain Jason Cunliffe required medical treatment on the sideline; he would briefly return before being substituted out in the 37th minute, leaving the team without both of their starting central midfielders.
Just before halftime, Chinese Taipei made two injury substitutions of their own as midfielder Hung Tzu-Kui and goalkeeper Pan Wen-Chieh both needed to be stretchered off.
The Matao had no shortage of chances to equalise in the second half, and Malcolm surely regretted sending his terrific opportunity wide in the 54th minute after a defender’s mis-clearance laid the ball right in front of him.
But the result was locked up in the 80th minute when Lin pounced on a rebounded save from Jaye to give recently-appointed coach Kazuo Kuroda his first victory with the country’s senior squad.