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 goal.
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 zero.
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' .