Archive for the ‘2010 World Cup’ Category

#1-2010 World Cup Qualifying

March 26, 2008

On March 26, the 2010 World Cup, set to be in South Africa, saw it’s qualifying go underway in Asia, with a crucial epic encounter between China and the Socceroos of Australia. Having won their first match 3-0 versus Qatar, Australia topped the qualifying group. China, on the other hand, tied Iraq to gain a single point in their first match. As the match started, China knew that if they did not win they would still be 2 points behind the Australians. The match started and the first half ended 0-0 with no team taking the upper hand. However, the second half saw a busy Australian keeper, Mark Schwarzer, as China pressed to get a winner. In he 87th minute of the match, a golden opportunity presented itself as the Chinese were awarded a penalty. Shao Jiayi, the 27 year old midfielder, shot the penalty, but unfortunately, saw it saved by the in form Schwarzer. The game ended 0-0 the dismay of Chinese supporters and especially, Shao Jiayi.