“He looked very sharp and scored two goals of fantastic quality,” said the Italian.
“But we are used to seeing that quality from him. It is no wonder teams in Europe are interested in him.”
Pulverised 8-1 the last time the teams met in 2017, the Philippines gave China more of a fight this time, having lost 1-0 to South Korea earlier this week.
Kevin Ingreso forced a fingertip save from China goalkeeper Yan Junling in first-half stoppage time, but Eriksson’s players faded badly after the break.
South Korea, runners-up in 2015, beat Kyrgyzstan 1-0 in a late kickoff in Al Ain to advance to the knockout stage.