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China Defeats Singapore 4-1 in FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Beijing, March 26, 2024, The Europe Today: In a thrilling encounter in Group C of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, China emerged victorious with a resounding 4-1 win over Singapore, showcasing an impressive display of skill and determination.

Wu Lei, the standout performer of the match, demonstrated his prowess with two goals and an assist, solidifying China’s position in the group standings. The home team’s triumph came as a redemption following their previous encounter with Singapore, where they had squandered a lead to settle for a draw.

Chinese head coach Branko Ivankovic made strategic changes to the lineup, opting to bench captain Zhang Linpeng and goalkeeper Yan Junling in favor of Gao Zhunyi and Wang Dalei. Singapore, on the other hand, faced personnel challenges, making five alterations due to injuries and suspensions.

In front of a packed stadium with 42,977 spectators, China took the lead in the 21st minute as Wu found the back of the net with a well-placed shot, capitalizing on a precise pass from Zhang Yuning. However, a defensive lapse allowed Singapore to equalize moments later, with Faris Ramli capitalizing on a cross from Ryhan Stewart.

Despite missed opportunities in the first half, China regained control in the second period, with Fei Nanduo converting a penalty kick in the 65th minute to put his team ahead. Wu Lei’s exceptional performance was marred by a yellow card, ruling him out of the next crucial match against Thailand.

As tensions mounted, Chinese midfielder Li Yuanyi was shown a direct red card for a dangerous tackle in the 80th minute, leaving China with a numerical disadvantage. However, Wu Lei’s individual brilliance shone through as he embarked on a mesmerizing solo run from the center circle, unleashing a thunderous strike to extend China’s lead.

In the dying moments of the game, Wu turned provider, setting up Wei Shihao for an easy finish to seal China’s victory. With this crucial win, China ascends to the second position in Group C, trailing leader South Korea by three points.

In the other Group C fixture, South Korea secured a commanding 3-0 victory over Thailand, maintaining their position at the top of the group with ten points. China’s upcoming matches against Thailand and South Korea in June will prove decisive in determining their advancement to the next round of the qualifiers.

As the competition intensifies, China remains poised to continue their pursuit of World Cup qualification, fueled by the determination to succeed on the global stage.