Cheng: Perrin will have a lot to answer for if China fail to win tonight

I don’t like Gao Lin. Any casual reader of this site won’t be surprised by that statement, in fact, many would consider it an extreme understatement. So perhaps everyone will be surprised when I say that I am shocked that Alain Perrin didn’t pick Gao for the national team’s critical clash against Qatar that takes […]

World Cup Qualifying Preview: China can’t afford to lose massive game in Qatar

With China set to take on Qatar in a huge World Cup qualifying game on Tuesday night, we offer a preview of what to expect. This includes a closer look at the Qataris history with China, their current side and the major issues surrounding the Chinese team – particularly the absence of a certain Gao […]

Hong Kong Round-Up: National team falls short against Qatar, Hangs on against dominant China

Hong Kong correspondents Christopher KL Lau and JRP Borthwick bring their regular round-up of all the very latest news, developments and other footballing points of interest from the SAR. Hong Kong Launch Brave Fightback in Five Goal Thriller against Qatar – Hong Kong 2 Qatar 3 The Hong Kong faithful turned up to Mong Kok […]

World Cup Qualifying: Yu Dabao double helps China ease to 3-0 win over Maldives

A brace from Yu Dabao and a Zhang Linpeng header gave China a comfortable, if uninspiring, 3-0 victory over the Maldives in Shenyang. After last Thursday’s frustrating stalemate against Hong Kong, an early opener from Yu Dabao relaxed Chinese nerves and made this contest into a far more pedestrian affair. Asian World Cup Qualifying Group […]

China held to frustrating stalemate despite dominating World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong

China’s road to Russia 2018 hit a serious obstacle just two games in as they were held by Hong Kong in a game they absolutely dominated. Despite having 39 shots, 72% possession and hitting the Hong Kong woodwork on four first half occasions, China were unable to find a breakthrough, and were even denied a […]