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China 2014 World Cup hinges on Iraq match

The Times of India reports:

China must beat Iraq in Asian World Cup qualifying at Qatar on Friday or risk blowing their chances of appearing at Brazil in 2014.

China have lost two of three games so far in Group A - one of five groups in the penultimate round of qualifying - and already sit six points behind leader Jordan and three behind Iraq. Only the top two teams in each four-team group advances to the fourth round.

Iraq, coached by Brazilian great Zico, won 1-0 at Shenzhen last month, and despite being forced by FIFA to play in Doha due to security concerns at home, will move six points clear of China with a win with just two games remaining.

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