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 Tuesday.
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 shot.
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.