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China on brink of elimination as Zhang Yuning experiment fails against Iran

Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A.

Iran secured their fifth win in seven qualifying matches and remained unbeaten in the third phase of Asia's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a 1-0 win over China at the Azadi Stadium, leaving Carlos Queiroz's side on the verge of next year's finals.

Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game against a China side buoyed by their victory over South Korea last week, but who now are on the verge of missing out on the finals of the World Cup once again.

China remain in fifth place in the group...

 By John Duerden

Iran, Japan and South Korea victorious in AFC World Cup qualifiers

Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A.

Iran moved to within a single victory of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over China in front of 100,000 fans at the Azadi Stadium.

Medhi Taremi's goal early in the second half broke stiff Chinese resistance and put Carlos Queiroz's men on 17 points from seven games in the third round of qualification with three games left to play. With the top two from Group A and B heading to Russia next summer, Iran are now within touching distance of the finals.

Zeng Cheng was a busy man in the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

China sets TV record with 70m people tuning in to World Cup qualifier

Marcello Lippi's China took a shocking first half lead over South Korea as Yu Dabao's goal was the decider.
China's Yu Dabao scored the first goal against South Korea.
Yu Dabao gave China a shock 1-0 victory over South Korea in World Cup qualifying last Thursday.

China remain rank outsiders to advance to the 2018 World Cup, but their team are capturing the imagination of football fans in the world's most populous nation. 

Last Thursday's unlikely qualifying victory over South Korea attracted China's largest sports TV audience of the year, with more than 70 million people tuning in to watch some of the game.

China's 1-0 win against the Koreans in Changsa was broadcast on sports channel CCTV-5, and streamed on PPTV Sports. Yu Dabao scored in the 44th...

 By Chris Atkins

Lippi and China breathe again as win over Korea boosts World Cup hopes

Marcello Lippi's China took a shocking first half lead over South Korea as Yu Dabao's goal was the decider.
Roy Keane offers advice to a few youngsters, Enzo Zidane channels his dad's greatness and more in The Sweeper.

The widespread outpouring of emotion following Thursday night's World Cup qualification victory over South Korea should settle any lingering questions over whether China has or will ever truly take to football.

In the words of China's People's Daily newspaper: "In winning one game, you have won 1.3 billion hearts."

The echoes of a 1-0 win in the bowels of Changsha's Helong Stadium reverberated around the country. Indeed, Yu Dabao's first half headed goal has propelled the former Benfica...