China Fails to Qualify for 2014 World Cup finals
Soccer fans were disappointed after the national team’s chances to enter the 2014 World Cup slipped from their grasp even with a 4-0 win over Singapore. The Chinese team dominated the game from from the beginning with the help of Chinese striker Yu Hai.
Singapore’s chance on scoring came when Singapore’s striker Aleksandar Duric hit the crossbar 53 minutes into the game. China responded by scoring with a header from a corner by team captain Li Weifeng. However, despite all efforts from the Chinese team, Iraq’s victory over Jordan put China’s qualification out of reach.
China have only qualified for the World Cup finals once in 2002 in South Korea and Japan but lost all their group matches and failed to score a goal. Soccer in China has been plagued with crisis after crisis, from scandals to match fixing and violence. Despite all this, fans remain as staunchly fanatic about the sport as ever. Although many of them were disappointed that even winning the match against Singapore was not enough to launch the team into the 2014 World Cup.