SPORTS China beat the Maldives 5-0 in WC qualifier


China beat the Maldives 5-0 in WC qualifier


08:30, June 12, 2021


SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China kept their World Cup hopes alive after thrashing the Maldives 5-0 here on Friday.

Midfielder Liu Binbin, who was called up to the Chinese side prior to their departure for Sharjah on June 3, opened the scoring on a cross from Wu Lei in the fifth minute of the Asia second-round World Cup qualifier.

Wu, who plays for Spanish club Espanyol, made it 2-0 in the 30th minute when he put a through pass from Zhang Yuning past the Maldives goalkeeper Mohamed Faisal.

China's third goal came at the 66th minute when A Lan drove in a deft pass from Yin Hongbo, who substituted Wu after the break, at point-blank range.

Two minutes later, the Brazil-born player's striking partner Zhang Yuning found the net with an angled long shot.

Tan Long capped the routing with a header in the 80th minute, 11 minutes after coming on.

China, which sits second in Group A, will face their last second-round rival Syria, which has secured a spot for next round, on Tuesday.

China, currently five points off group leader Syria, can only hope to make the cut as one of the four best second-placed teams.

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