Tigers prevail on penalties
Published : 29 Jul 2009 13:10:16
Hull City reached the final of the Asia Trophy on Wednesday after overcoming Beijing Guoan 5-4 on penalties. The game itself finished 1-1, with Geovanni's spectacular opener cancelled out moments after the interval by the impressive William. Dean Marney missed for the Tigers in the shootout, but Beijing's failings from 12 yards allowed the Premier League outfit to book a meeting with Tottenham on Friday. The lively home support helped the game to feel anything but friendly early on, with a small section of hardy Tigers supporters drowned out by a cacophony of horns and whistles. It did not take Phil Brown's men long to dampen the atmosphere, though, as they took the lead inside nine minutes. Brazilian playmaker Geovanni will once again be vitally important to the Tigers' hopes of Premier League survival next season and he showcased his undoubted class with a stunning strike from 25-yards. Beijing did threaten to find a route back into the game on occasions thereafter, but the final ball let the Chinese outfit down on too many occasions. Lively The lively Emil Martinez looked the most likely to find a way through, with the Honduran playmaker a thorn in the Tigers' side throughout the opening 45 minutes. It became only a matter time before an equaliser materialised, and a leveller duly arrived two minutes into the second half as William converted a clever cross from Wei Tau. At this stage there only appeared to be one winner, with Beijing coping better with the searing temperatures. They came agonisingly close to snatching a winner late on, only to be denied by the width of a post, but the game ultimately drifted tamely towards a penalty shootout. Marney saw his effort saved by Zhi Yang after six perfect spot kicks, but Donglieng Sui blazed over with the very next effort. Sudden death was eventually required to determine a winner, with Caleb Folan slotting home for the Tigers before Ting Zhou lashed his effort high into the stands.