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 By Chris Atkins

Lippi and China breathe again as win over Korea boosts World Cup hopes

Marcello Lippi's China took a shocking first half lead over South Korea as Yu Dabao's goal was the decider.
Roy Keane offers advice to a few youngsters, Enzo Zidane channels his dad's greatness and more in The Sweeper.

The widespread outpouring of emotion following Thursday night's World Cup qualification victory over South Korea should settle any lingering questions over whether China has or will ever truly take to football.

In the words of China's People's Daily newspaper: "In winning one game, you have won 1.3 billion hearts."

The echoes of a 1-0 win in the bowels of Changsha's Helong Stadium reverberated around the country. Indeed, Yu Dabao's first half headed goal has propelled the former Benfica...

China's Marcello Lippi warns against complacency following historic win

Marcello Lippi's China took a shocking first half lead over South Korea as Yu Dabao's goal was the decider.

Marcello Lippi says China should not allow their historic World Cup qualifying victory over South Korea on Thursday evening to make them complacent.

China notched their first win over South Korea in seven years and only their second ever thanks to a solitary goal by Beijing Guoan striker Yu Dabao that keeps alive the country's slim hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018.

"I hope my team don't get too self-satisfied with this," Lippi, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, said. "I hope they can have...

Yu Dabao header gives China 1-0 AFC WCQ win over South Korea

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Marcello Lippi's China took a shocking first half lead over South Korea as Yu Dabao's goal was the decider.

Yu Dabao's header and a stirring second-half performance by goalkeeper Zeng Cheng saw Marcello Lippi's side claim a 1-0 win over South Korea that keeps China's slim hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals alive.

Yu headed in the winner 11 minutes before the break while Zeng made a trio of superb saves to deny Uli Stielike's side in the second half as the Chinese notched up their first win over the South Koreans in seven years, and only their second ever victory against their more illustrious...

Marcello Lippi concerned fatigue could damage China's chances

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China sit on the bottom of Group A with just two points.

Marcello Lippi takes his China team into their must-win World Cup qualifying clash with South Korea on Thursday evening hoping the early-season rigours of the Asian Champions League and the country's domestic competition do not have a negative impact on his side's performance.

China sit on the bottom of Group A with just two points from their opening five games and defeat against Uli Stielike's team would all but kill off the chances of Lippi's team of finishing in the top three.

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