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Birmingham City edge Beijing Guoan 1-0

07-22-2010 14:15 BJT

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Here in Beijing at the Birds Nest stadium Local professional side Guoan took on Birmingham City as part of the English Premier League sides pre season tour continued in Asia. All earnings from the match were donated to the Chinese Disabled Persons Association.

Children wearing the charity badges led the two sides onto the pitch. The Birds Nest Olympic Stadium was one of Birmingham City's stops on its 2010 Asian Tour.

9 minutes, Beijing almost opened the scoring on a free kick. But Birmingham City's keeper rose to the occasion to make the stop.

22 minutes, Birmingham City came close to breaking the deadlock. A header smacked off the crossbar and it was still 0-0.

The Premier Leaguers kept putting on the pressure and made another big attempt close to the end of the first half. But Beijing Guoan goalkeeper Yang Zhi made a spectacular save. The score remained 0-0 heading into the second half.

Guoan increased the tension 16 minutes after the restart.

Zhu Yifan of Beijing Guoan FC shoots during a charity soccer match between Beijing Guoan FC and Birmingham City FC at the National Stadium or the Bird's Nest in Beijing, China, July 21, 2010. Birmingham City won 1-0. (Xinhua/Tao Xiyi)
Zhu Yifan of Beijing Guoan FC shoots during a charity soccer match between Beijing 
Guoan FC and Birmingham City FC at the National Stadium or the Bird's Nest in 
Beijing, China, July 21, 2010. Birmingham City won 1-0. (Xinhua/Tao Xiyi)

The goalkeeper knocked away striker Xu Liang's try and the crossbar came into play again.

Beijing denied not once, but twice, on the same play. It turned out to be Guoan's best scoring chance of the match.

Birmingham City finally broke through 8 minutes from time.

Yang managed to stop Cameron Jerome's first drive, but Jerome collected the rebound and set up Garry O'Connor. O'Connor came up with an easy shot to score for City.

The single goal held up until the end: Birmingham City 1, Beijing Guoan 0.

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