World Cup: China facing early exit

November 15, 2004
By Alastair Himmer
TOKYO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - China's hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup finals could disappear on Wednesday if they fail to collect a big win over Hong Kong.

Even that might not be enough for them to avoid four long years of bitter recrimination and soul-searching.

Elsewhere, South Korea need to beat Maldives to preserve their record of having qualified for every World Cup since 1986, while Iran should advance at the expense of Jordan.

Saudi Arabia, Japan, ...

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