Before he had time to figure out what had gone wrong with his team, Brazil striker Rivaldo had another problem to solve. The 30-year-old AC Milan star was named man of the match following the goalless draw with China - an honour that earned him a new Honda car. Asked how he planned to ship it back to Brazil or Italy, Rivaldo simply scratched his head and shrugged. 'I really haven't thought about this yet and, yes, if I decide to ship it back it will be a big hassle,' he said. But Rivaldo and his teammates had something more important to worry about - a lethargic display which saw the world champions almost beaten by a more determined China side. The home team, driven forward by English Premiership duo Sun Jihai and Li Tie, went close several times. 'We managed to create a few chances throughout the match, but unfortunately luck wasn't on our side,' said Rivaldo. 'The Chinese keeper [Liu Yunfei] had a fantastic game and pulled out a couple of great saves which changed the outcome. But we had some problems with our stamina and that did limit our ability to play.' The former world and European Footballer of the Year was unlucky not to put Brazil ahead when his curling free kick from 30 yards was turned around the post by Liu. He went close again with a powerful drive midway through the second half. Second-half substitute Denilson blamed China's tactics for Brazil's inability to reproduce their famous Samba-style football. 'Some of their tackles were a bit over the top and we were all trying to avoid picking up any injuries from this game,' said the Real Betis winger. 'But to their credit China were a very fast team and their counter-attack looked quite threatening.' Skipper Cafu, who had a busy night containing the outstanding Sun, said China had improved since the teams' World Cup meeting last June when Brazil cantered to a 4-0 victory. 'China were much stronger than we expected, while travelling such a long distance has no doubt had an adverse effect on our stamina and speed,' said the Roma fullback. 'The draw was a fair result. They created a lot of trouble for us and I was very impressed by some of them. They would improve more if they could play against stronger sides regularly.' Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira admitted: 'Besides their superior stamina and speed, which were partly due to the amount of travelling we had to go through, it was quite obvious the Chinese players had a stronger desire to win than we did.'