Marcello Lippi's China PR will have to be content with a playoff for the third place at the International Championship named as 2017 China Cup after losing to Iceland 2-0 in the new international friendly tournament’s opener on Tuesday.
Following a goalless first half, Kjartan Finnbogason opened Iceland’s account 20 minutes after the restart and Aron Sigurdarson completed his nation’s win a minute to complete.
Iceland will now go up against the winner of the match between Chile and Croatia which is to be played on Wednesday, while China will face the loser on Saturday.
Marcello Lippi’s side are currently bottom of Group A in the third round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with one point from five games. They have, however, already qualified for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
China PR 0 - 2 Iceland
Goals: Kjartan Finnbogason 64', Aron Sigurdarson 88'
Yellow cards: Hanwen Deng 8', Birkir Mar Saevarsson 79'
China PR: Wenyi Chi, Zhongguo Chi, Hanwen Deng, Shanping Yang, Zhunyi Gao, Yunding Cao, Xiaodong Fan, Jiakang Hui, Huikang Cai, Hongbo Yin, Jianqing Mao, Jiajun Bai (s 65'), Jingbin Wang (s 80'), Rentian Hu (s 46'), Zhongliu Chen (s 57'), Jinxian Wang (s 72')
Iceland: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Kristinn Jonsson, Jon Gudni Fjoluson, Kari Arnason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Theodor Bjarnason, Bjorn Sverrisson, Victor Palsson, Arnor Smarason, Elias Omarsson, Bjorn Sigurdarson, Orri Sigurdur Omarsson (s 90'), Aron Sigurdarson (s 73'), Kjartan Finnbogason (s 59'), Ottar Karlsson (s 77'), Bodvar Bodvarsson (s 59'), Albert Gudmundsson (s 90')