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China’s exit from the 2018 World Cup qualifying had been signposted for months but when it was finally confirmed on Tuesday Cheap Air Jordan Shoes For Sale , Marcello Lippi’s team departed with the battered pride of the country’s footballing reputation all but restored.

For a nation with ambitions to be a major power within the game, there were positives to be gleaned as well as a sense of what might have been as its campaign ended with a 2-1 win over 2022 World Cup host Qatar.

Lippi’s men were a goal behind and down to 10 men but battled back to a victory Cheap Air Jordan For Sale , thanks to strikes from Xiao Zhi and Wu Lei. The side missed out on a place in the playoffs by a solitary point.

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“And also there was the match against Syria where we were leading until the last minute. We lost four points in these two matches. If we had them, we would have qualified as the second in the pool.”

The draw with the Syrians came in June when Ahmad al-Salih’s injury-time free kick earned Ayman Hakeem’s team a vital point that gave it third spot in the group and set up a playoff against Australia.

That the Italian could point to specific incidents in a pair of matches rather than lamenting a general malaise within Chinese football showed how far forward he has taken the team.

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China narrowly secured a place in the final phase of Asia’s qualifying tournament for the World Cup — the first time that had been achieved since 2002 — but with only one point from its opening four games under Gao, qualification hopes were all but gone before the Italian arrived.

Ten points from the next six games Air Jordan Retro For Sale , however, left Chinese fans asking what might have happened had Lippi taken over sooner Air Jordan Shoes For Sale , although the 69-year-old has no time for hypotheticals.

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The Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in early 2019 will be the next major test for China and the side will be positive about its prospects with Lippi due to remain at the helm.

By Sportswriter Pan Yi

PARIS, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Tottering Portugal stunned hosts France, the hot favorites, 1-0 in the extra time of the Euro 2016 final to claim their first-ever title in a major tournament here on Sunday night, lowering the curtain of the most eye-catching soccer gala this summer, which was full of history making.

Sunday's final was the first Euro decider to finish goalless after 90 minutes. Portugal's final triumph was their first win over France in 41 years. France's final defeat was their first loss in a major tournament fixture on home soil in 56 years.

Portugal, the 10th different Euro winners to lift the Henri Delaunay Cup, set a record of tying six times with their opponents in the 90-minute regular time on their 7-game road to the top podium.

They labored through the group stage as one of the four best third-place finishers with three draws, downed Croatia with a last-gasp extra-time winner and eliminated Poland on penalties before beating Wales 2-0 within 90 minutes in the semifinal.

It was the first time for a Euro final tournament to have 24 teams instead of 16 from 1996 to 2012. More group matches and an added Round of 16 rose the number of total games to 51 from previous 31.

Portugal played a total of 720 minutes in the tournament, including three extra times, the most of any nation at any major tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo, world superstar and the talisman of Portugal, scored three times in this campaign to equal all-time leaders Michel Platini with nine goals from four consecutive European Championships. He became the first player in the world to score in four Euro final tournaments and overtook Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the all-time leading Euro scorer (qualifiers included) with 29 goals.

The Real Madrid top striker, 31, also made the most Euro finals appearances of 21 after Sunday's final, followed by Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (18). Meanwhile, Ronaldo surpassed former Portugal star Luis Figo to have the most appearances of 133 for Portugal.

The 25-year-old France playmaker Antoine Griezmann, another shinning star at Euro 2016, put on the Golden Boot (top scorer) with six goals and became the Player of the tournament. His overall haul of six goals was the highest total registered by a player at a single Euro finals since Platini (9) in 1984.

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard shared the honour of delivering the most assists in France, serving up four decisive passes apiece.

Debutants Iceland, Northern Ireland, Albania and Wales all emerged from the group stage, a feat matched by Slovakia in their first Euro appearance as an independent nation. Iceland shocked favorites England 2-1 in Round of 16 before losing 5-2 to France in the quarterfinal. Wales, led by Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale, even roared into the semifinal before losing 2-0 to Portugal.

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