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Syria’s Al-Mawas dents China’s World Cup hopes

Xian (China) (AFP) – Syria dented China’s bid to reach a second World Cup when they pulled off a stunning 1-0 qualifying upset on Thursday. Mahmoud Al-Mawas’s breakaway goal in the 54th minute settled a gritty game in Xian which left China stranded on one point from their first three games in Group A. Seventy-eighth ranked China have ambitions of hosting and even winning a World Cup, but Al-Mawas hit their hopes of reaching the tournament for a second time at Russia 2018.
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