Wuhan Zall stun Guangzhou R&F in seven-goal thriller

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-15 23:38:36|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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GUANGZHOU, China, June 15 (Xinhua) -- With three goals in five minutes, Wuhan Zall came back from 3-1 down to beat Guangzhou R&F 4-3 in Chinese Super League here on Saturday.

Zahavi completed his hat-trick just after the hour-mark to gift the home side a 3-1 lead, only to see Rafael da Silva, Song Zhiwei and Jean Evrard Kouassi scored in five minutes to turn the match all around.

"We lost the balance between attacking and defense. It is the problem," R&F's coach Dragan Stojkovic said after the match.

Zahavi put the ball into right corner at the 17th minute to gift Guangzhou the lead, after Dia Saba penetrated a through ball outside of the box. Rafael's calm finish in the 38th minute helped Wuhan equalize. Zahavi slid the ball into the open goal to make it 2-1 for Guangzhou just before the half-time break.

The Israeli followed up to score his third in the 61st minute after Saba's shot was blocked by the keeper. Leading by 3-1, R&F's defense suddenly collapsed, in only five minutes.

In the 66th minute, Rafael headed in his second goal and narrowed the gap to 3-2 for Wuhan. Three minutes later, Song's header pulled the match level at 3-3. Only one minute later, Everard fired the ball to the top corner from a narrow angel just on the left side of six-yard box.

"The home team played very nice football and controlled the ball well in most of the time, but we never gave up and fought to the end," Wuhan's coach Li Tie said.