Iraq beats China 1-0 in World Cup qualifying

Younis Mahmoud scored in the 45th minute to lead 10-man Iraq to

a valuable 1-0 away win over China in Asian World Cup qualifying


The victory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen gives Iraq

six points in Group A, three points behind leader Jordan. China has

three points while Singapore is last with zero points after

Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Jordan.

Led by veteran captain Li Weifeng, China came out attacking in

the first half, with two excellent chances in the 32nd minute. Iraq

seized its chance on the counterattack, with Mahmoud passing to

Mustafa Kareem before sprinting into the box to make the sliding


China’s chances improved with the sending off of Basem Abbas for

a second yellow card in the 64th minute, but it failed to convert

its opportunities.

It was China coach Jose Antonio Camacho’s second defeat in four

matches since taking over in August as the Spaniard vies to qualify

China for the World Cup for the first time since 2002.

With three qualifying matches still to play, Li called on

players and fans to remain optimistic.

”We won’t be giving up, we’ll be taking our opportunities as

they come,” Li said.