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China prepares to face Iraq in 2014 World Cup Qualifying

11-11-2011 15:34 BJT

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It looks as if it could all come down to 90+ minutes for China's national men's football team and its hope of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Anything but a win or a draw for China later tonight against Iraq will pretty much eliminate China from advancing to the next stage of qualification and out of contention for the Brazil world finals.

It looks as if it could all come down to 90+ minutes for China's national men's football team and its hope of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

The team is training in Doha, for their match against Iraq. The game was moved to the Qatari capital because of security concerns in Iraq. China sits third in their group with 3 points from 3 matches. Despite the significance of the contest, the players seemed relaxed. China’s captain Li Weifeng who plays an integral role in the team’s defence, knows how important winning the match is.

Li Weifeng, Captain of Chinese Men’s National Football Team, said, "We took command of the last two games but still lost. I hope we can take command of the match against Iraq and get a good result."

The captain and his teammates have been training most of the week at the game venue to adapt to the stadium. Jose Antonio Camacho stressed proactive counterattacks in previous training sessions.

The head coach knows how critical the match is for China. Jose Antonio Camacho, head coach of Chinese Men’s National Football Team, said, "The match is important. Only by winning can we move to the next round. We’ll strive for a win."

With three rounds to go in their Asian qualifying group stage, China is three points behind Iraq and six points behind leaders, Jordan, so a loss to Iraq could be the death knell for China's hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup.

It looks as if it could all come down to 90+ minutes for China's national men's football team and its hope of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

It looks as if it could all come down to 90+ minutes for
China's national men's football team and its hope of
qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

It looks as if it could all come down to 90+ minutes for China's
national men's football team and its hope of qualifying for the
2014 World Cup.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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