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World Cup Qualifying Update (Asia): China closes in on berth
September 28th, 2001 12AM

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China has all but clinched its first berth in the World Cup with a 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. Qi Hong's goal in the 42th minute gave Bora Milutinovic's team the three points to open up a five-point lead on third-place Qatar with three games to play in Group B. Group A RESULTS Sept. 22 in Bangkok Thailand 1 (Suksomkit 38) Iraq 1 (Ridha 63). Sept. 21 in Manama Bahrain 0 Saudi Arabia 4 (O. Al-Dossari 26, Al-Shaihan 28, Al-Waked 40, Al-Jaber 89). Sept. 15 in Bangkok Thailand 1 (Senamuang 30) Saudi Arabia 3 (Al Jaber 47, 70, Bin Shahon 55). Sept. 14 in Tehran Iran 0 Bahrain 0. Sept. 7 in Baghdad Iraq 1 (I.Mohamed 20) Iran 2 (Karimi 30, Ali Daei 84). Sept. 6 in Manama Bahrain 1 (Al-Dousari 17) Thailand 1 (Senamuang 64). Sept. 1 in Bangkok Thailand 0 Iran 0. Aug. 31 in Manama Saudi Arabia 1 (O. Al-Dossary 45) Iraq 0. Aug. 24 in Manama Iran 2 (Daei pen. 54, 64) Saudi Arabia 0. Aug. 23 in Manama Bahrain 2 (Yosuf 58, Al-Kawari 81) Iraq 0. Aug. 17 in Riyadh Saudi Arabia 1 (O. Al-Dossari 82) Bahrain 1 (Salmeen 18). Aug. 17 in Baghdad Iraq 4 (H.Mohammed 23, 76, L.Mohammed 70, Hussien 84) Thailand 0. STANDINGS
TEAM GP W T L GF GA P
Saudi Arabia 5 3 1 1 9 4 10
Iran 4 2 2 0 4 1 8
Bahrain 5 1 3 1 4 6 6
Iraq 5 1 1 3 6 6 4
Thailand 5 0 3 2 3 9 3
SCHEDULE Sept. 28 Iraq-Bahrain Saudi Arabia-Iran Oct. 5 Iran-Thailand Iraq-Saudi Arabia Oct. 12 Iran-Iraq Oct. 13 Thailand-Bahrain Oct. 19 Bahrain-Iran Saudi Arabia-Thailand Group B RESULTS Sept. 27 in Abu Dhabi UAE 0 China 1 (Qi Hong 42). Sept. 22 in Tashkent Uzbekistan 0 United Arab Emirates 1 (Omar 5). Sept. 21 in Muscat Oman 0 Qatar 3 (Rasoul 26, Mustafa 33, Al-Enazi 76). Sept. 15 in Shenyang China 2 (Li Weifeng 63, Fan Zhiyi 76) Uzbekistan 0. Sept. 14 in Muscat Oman 1 (Salim 52) UAE 1 (Ahmed 13). Sept. 8 in Tashkent Uzbekistan 5 (Irismetov 17, 73, Shatskikh pen. 38, Kasymov 50, 67) Oman 0. Sept. 7 in Doha Qatar 1 (Al Noobi 31) China 1 (Li Wei Seng 90). Aug. 31 in Muscat Oman 0 China 2 (Qi Hong 26, Fan Zhiyi pen. 40). Aug. 31 in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 0 Qatar 2 (Khalifa 65, Nasser Ali 71 Aug. 26 in Tashkent Uzbekistan 2 (Irismetov 36, Kasymov 50) Qatar 1 (Al-Tamimi 88). Aug. 25 in Beijing China 3 (Li Xiaopeng 4, Qi Hong 20, Hao Haidong 34) UAE 0. Aug. 17 in Abu Dhabi UAE 4 (Salem 21, Hareb pen. 33, Ali 44, Bakhit 85) Uzbekistan 1 (Shirshov 37). Aug. 16 in Doha Qatar 0 Oman 0. STANDINGS
TEAM GP W T L GF GA P
China 4 4 1 0 9 1 13
Qatar 5 2 2 1 7 3 8
UAE 6 2 1 3 8 8 7
Uzbekistan 5 2 0 3 8 8 6
Oman 5 0 2 3 1 11 2
SCHEDULE Sept. 28 Qatar-Uzbekistan Oct. 4 Qatar-UAE Oct. 7 China-Oman Oct. 13 Oman-Uzbekistan China-Qatar Oct. 19 UAE-Oman Uzbekistan-China


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