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Second half goals give Costa Rica win

Two goals in a spell of five minutes gave the Central Americans a 2-0 victory over China in group C.
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China makes it debut at the World Cup under the able guidance of Bora Milutinovic, the coach who has guided five different countries at previous finals.

While China may be blessed with tact, it is low on big match temperament. They are capable of playing well within their limitations, but should find the going tough against Brazil, Turkey and Costa Rica.

Goalkeepers: Qi An, Jin Jiang, Chuliang Ou.

Defenders: Enhua Zhang, Pu Yang, Chengying Wu, Zhiyi Fan, Jihai Sun, Weifeng Li, Wei Du, Yunlong Xu.

Midfielders: Jiayi Shao, Tie Li, Mingyu Ma, Genwei Yu, Yao Gao, Xiaopeng Li, Hong Qi, Junzhe Zhao.

Forwards: Maozhen Su, Bo Qu, Chen Yang, Haidong Hao.

Qualifying campaign
First group stage
W 10-1 Maldives (h)
W 1-0 Maldives (a)
W 4-0 Cambodia (a)
W 5-1 Indonesia (h)
W 3-1 Cambodia (h)
W 0-2 Indonesia (a)

Second group stage
W 3-0 UAE (h)
W 2-0 Oman (a)
D 1-1 Qatar (a)
W 2-0 Uzbekistan (h)
W 1-0 China (a)
W 1-0 Oman (h)
W 3-0 Qatar (h)
L 0-1 Uzbekistan (a)

June 13, 2002

  • Milutinovic bows out as coach

  • Chinese fans shun team after exit

  • June 11, 2002
  • China ponder coach change

  • June 4, 2002
  • Second half goals give Costa Rica win

  • Costa Rica coach faces his former master

  • May 27, 2002
  • China already a success but pride's at stake

    May 24, 2002
  • Portugal to rest Figo for China friendly

    May 14, 2002
  • China can beat Brazil - in fan numbers

  • May 7, 2002
  • China happy just to get to finals

  • March 14, 2002
  • China's fans prepare for debut

  • December 1, 2001
  • France, Senegal to kick off 2002 World Cup


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