CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

China prepares to face Iraq in 2014 World Cup Qualifying

11-11-2011 15:34 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

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

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program