Wednesday, July 18, 2007
China won't play safe against Uzbekistan
BEIJING, July 18 (Reuters) - China coach Zhu Guanghu has dismissed talk of playing for a draw in his team's final Asian Cup Group match against Uzbekistan on Wednesday.
'Our idea has always been to fight our opponents for
victory. It remains the same for this match,' Wednesday's
Beijing Times quoted Zhu as saying. 'We are ready to deal with
China captain Zheng Zhi and midfielder Li Weifeng are
suspended and goalkeeper Li Leilei has pulled out with a foot
'We are going to have a new squad and formation, but
injuries or suspensions will not affect our game,' Zhu said.
China, who lead Group C by goal difference from Iran on
four points, only need to draw with Uzbekistan to reach the
'China is facing a critical fight to get to the next
stage,' Zhu said, adding that China's goal of a semi-final
berth remained unchanged.