The view from Asia

China hopes fizzle out

November 12, 2011
By John Duerden
The night falls quickly in the Middle East. One minute the sun is beating down and the next, a full red moon is rising in the inky sky. China's World Cup dreams have been slowly fading into twilight for the past few weeks but, against Iraq in the neutral city of Doha on Saturday evening, they were all but extinguished thanks to a heartbreaking goal in the 92nd minute.

The goal gave Iraq a 1-0 win, but it was China that needed the three points. Now with two games remaining in the penultimate ...

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