Iraq beats China with injury-time winner

Iraq captain Younus Mahmood scored a dramatic winner in injury

time to earn his side a 1-0 victory over 10-man China on Friday in

Group A of the Asian zone qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

The turning point in the game at Doha’s Al Arabi Stadium came

when China’s Zhang Linpeng was sent off in the 85th minute of a

keenly contested match for hacking down Mahmood as he headed for


China’s defense was caught on the counter attack in the second

minute of stoppage time by Mahmood, who found space and raced into

the penalty area before drilling a powerful shot past goalkeeper

Jiang Bo and into the roof of the net.

Iraq is second in the group with nine points from four games.

Group leader Jordan has 12 points after beating Singapore 2-0,

while third-place China has three points and Singapore has


China enjoyed most of the first-half possession but was let down

by a lack of finishing in front of goal.

Li Weifeng had a shot blocked by the Iraqi defense marshaled by

Quasay Muneer in the 19th minute, while China had a goal ruled out

for offside in the 27th.

The best save of the match came in the 79th minute when China’s

enterprising midfielder Hao Jinmin curled in a free kick that was

parried Iraq goalkeeper Mohammed Kassid at full stretch.

China fans in the stadium occasionally entertained the crowd

with a Mexican wave, while Iraqi supporters celebrated their team’s

victory with chants of ‘Younus Younus’ .