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Asian Games: China’s 5-star display too much for India as hosts get football campaign off to a flyer

Tao Qianlong scores twice, while Gao Tianyi, Dai Wai-tsun and Fang Hao also strike in 5-1 winElsewhere, defending champions South Korea handed out a 9-0 thrashing to KuwaitAsian Games 2023Mike ChanPublished: 9:42pm, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Tao Qianlong scored twice in the second half and China made the best possible start to their home Asian Games with a 5-1 hammering of India on Tuesday evening.

While Tao took the headlines, it was Dai Wai-tsun who took the roars of the crowd with his goal soon after the break putting the home side ahead for good.

Beijing Guoan midfielder Gao Tianyi had given the home side the lead after 17 minutes, only for India’s Rahul Kannoly Praveen to score against the run of play, right on the stroke of half-time.

Tao struck twice to put the game beyond doubt, before Dai’s replacement, Fang Hao, scored a fifth deep into stoppage time at the Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium.

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