AFC Asian Cup 2019: China PR defender banished to reserve team for mistake in loss to IR Iran

Feng Xiaoting, the defender’s whose error led to Iran’s first goal in the AFC Asian Cup quarterfinals, is reportedly being punished for it by his club.

Xiaoting, 33, is reportedly being punished by his club Gugangzhou Evergrande for his mistake that led directly to Iran’s goal in their AFC Asian Cup 2019 quarterfinal match with China.

Xiaoting failed to control a long punt forward from the Iranian defence and allowed Sardar Azmoun to get in front of him to set up Mehdi Taremi for Iran’s first goal of the night.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: China PR 0-1 IR Iran – Mehdi Taremi (18′)

Titan Sports Plus are reporting that upon returning to China, a meeting was set up by his club side Guangzhou Evergrande to analyze the players’ performances for the national team in the tournament and while three of his teammates were honoured for their Asian Cup showing, Xiaoting was banished to train with the reserve team for his costly error in the game.

Feng Xiaoting has been at Guangzhou Evergrande since 2011.