SEOUL, July 28 (Yonhap) -- China defeated Australia 4-3 on Sunday for its first win at the East Asian Cup football tournament.
On the final day of the tournament at Seoul's Jamsil Olympic Stadium, China poured in three goals in the second half and hung on for dear life in the final moments.
China ended the regional event on five points with a win and two draws. Australia finished with one point, with a draw and two losses.
Later on Sunday, South Korea will take on Japan in a highly anticipated showdown between the long-time rivals. Japan has four points after two matches, while South Korea has two points after two scoreless draws.
China was in the attacking mode early and drew the first blood in the fourth minute, as Yu Dabao converted a low cross from Sun Xiang.
Australia pulled even just in the 29th minute, as Aaron Mooy unleashed a cannon from midfield past the diving Yang Zhi in the Chinese net.
In the 36th, Wu Lei challenged the Australian goalkeeper Mark Birighitti from the center of the area with a hard shot. In the 42nd, Mooy tried to net his second of the match, but his free kick bounced right into Yang.
Sun Ke gave China the lead for good in the 56th minute, converting a rebound after Birighitti denied Yu from the penalty spot.
Australia almost made it a tie game again on Mooy's hard shot from the top of the arc, but Yang just tipped it over the bar.
China looked to extend its lead, as Yang Xu set up Sun Ke charging down the right wing, but Birighitti foiled his bid for his second of the game.
Yang Xu finally gave China the much needed insurance in the 86th minute on a breakaway, and Wu Lei followed up in the very next minute to make it a three-goal game.
Adam Taggart scored for Australia in the 89th minute, and Mitchell Duke had the match's final goal seconds before the whistle, as Australia ran out of time.