China staring into World Cup abyss

October 13, 2004
By Alastair Himmer
TOKYO, Oct 14 (Reuters) - China awoke on Thursday to the bitter reality that their hopes of reaching the 2006 World Cup were hanging by a thread.

The Asian Cup finalists suffered a huge setback with a 1-0 defeat in Kuwait on Wednesday that left them relying on winless Malaysia in next month's final round of matches.

'China's dream has almost vanished,' the state-run China Sports Daily said on Thursday after one of the blackest days in the team's recent history.

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