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Coach Marcello Lippi hailed China's fightback on Sunday after they staged a second-half revival to beat Thailand 2-1 and reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals.
Sour Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson scrapped dinner plans with old foe Marcello Lippi after China thrashed his Philippines side 3-0 on Friday to reach the last 16 of the Asian Cup.
Mehdi Taremi scored twice as Iran battered Yemen 5-0 in the war-torn country's Asian Cup debut on Monday to fire an ominous warning to their title rivals.
A spectacular goalkeeping blunder helped Marcello Lippi's China avoid a humiliating defeat as they came from behind to narrowly beat minnows Kyrgyzstan 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Monday.
China coach Marcello Lippi has put his players through a tough month of training ahead of the Asian Cup, but the decorated Italian will need to inspire something special if his ageing side are to be serious contenders.
Football communities in the US and China were on Monday mourning the death of former Chinese international Zhang Ouying who had been fighting cancer. She was 43.
Chinese national squads and a top league team have packed young footballers off to military camps for drills and Marxist-style "thought education" as a campaign to promote Communist Party values spreads even into the sporting world.
China's veteran head coach Marcello Lippi will not renew his contract with the national football team after it expires in January, state media reported.
The anti-fraud operation that shook Belgian football on Wednesday is a reminder that the manipulation of matches, linked to betting or not, spares no country.