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Soccer-China star Wu's double strike steers Jiangsu to victory

20 Oct 2019

HONG KONG, Oct 20 China international Wu Xi scored twice as Jiangsu Suning kept their hopes of a top-four finish in the Chinese Super League alive on Sunday evening with a 4-1 thrashing of Hebei CFFC.

Fans absent as North and South Korea draw 0-0, China drop points

16 Oct 2019

HONG KONG There were no fans and no goals as North Korea and South Korea drew 0-0 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday while Marcello Lippi's China dropped their first points as they were held to a surprise goalless draw in the Philippines.

Soccer-Fans absent as North and South Korea draw 0-0, China drop points

15 Oct 2019

HONG KONG, Oct 15 There were no fans and no goals as North Korea and South Korea drew 0-0 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday while Marcello Lippi's China dropped their first points as they were held to a surprise goalless draw in the Philippines.

Iran thrill female fans amid Asian qualifying goal rush

11 Oct 2019

HONG KONG Iran handed Cambodia a record-breaking 14-0 thrashing on an historic day in Tehran as goals flowed in World Cup qualifiers across Asia with Japan, South Korea and Australia securing comfortable wins on Thursday.

Soccer-Bento only has eyes for Sri Lanka in build-up to North Korea clash

08 Oct 2019

HONG KONG, Oct 8 South Korea coach Paulo Bento will aim to keep his players' minds focused on their Sri Lankan opposition on Thursday as the tension mounts ahead of their historic World Cup qualifier in neighbouring North Korea next week.

Al Hilal thrash 10-man Al Sadd to close in on Asian final

01 Oct 2019

TOKYO Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal took a massive stride towards a third Asian Champions League final in six years by thrashing Xavi Hernandez-coached Qatari champions Al Sadd 4-1 in their semi-final first leg in Doha on Tuesday.

Soccer-Urawa seek to banish domestic demons in Asian title hunt

30 Sep 2019

TOKYO, Sept 30 Urawa Red Diamonds have to set aside their woeful domestic form to keep alive hopes of a record third Asian Champions League title on Wednesday, when they host Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande in first leg of this year's semi-finals.

Soccer-Guangzhou defeat breathes new life into CSL title race

22 Sep 2019

HONG KONG, Sept 22 Guangzhou Evergrande's lead at the top of the Chinese Super League was trimmed to a point on Sunday after Fabio Cannavaro's side lost 1-0 to Wuhan Zall to allow the chasing pack to reignite the title race.

Soccer-Away goals take Urawa into last four of Asian Champions League

17 Sep 2019

TOKYO, Sept 17 Urawa Red Diamonds put their domestic struggles behind them to seal their place in the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday evening as the two-time champions secured a 1-1 draw with Shanghai SIPG to advance on the away goals rule.

Mistakes cost Dalian, says head coach Benitez

15 Sep 2019

TOKYO Rafa Benitez's Dalian Yifang slipped to a 1-0 loss against Wuhan Zall on Sunday as the Spaniard's team lost more ground on the Chinese Super League leaders.

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