China lose and Lippi leaves

It was a week to forgot for China as their constant search for new talent seems to be a thankless task. This was once again true this week as the national side lost away from home 2-1 to Syria a result that ended Lippi's time in China for a second time. 

Bye-bye Lippi 

The final whistle blew in Dubai where the game was being played and all eyes turned to what Lippi had to say on the defeat. In short, it was not much as the former World Cup winner announced his resignation from the national side with immediate effect.

From the looks of it watching from afar, it is as if Chinese football is on a never-ending mary-go-round of mediocrity. As since qualifying for the 2002 World Cup the nation have not come close to returning to the worlds largest football stage.

The Italian pointed out as he departed this side can defeat the small teams such as the Maldives and Guam with ease. They then step up though against countries historically they could beat such as the Phillippines and Syria and they now struggle.

These are sides that are not close to qualifying for a World Cup which undermines just how far behind China are from the likes of Japan and South Korea.

A disappointing game 

To the match itself, it started badly with China behind within 20 minutes in front of a crowd of 6,950.  The opening goal of the match coming from Osama Omari the forward who plays his football in the Syrian top flight.

China did fight back though and on 29 minutes they were level through one of their few shining lights Wu Lei. 

At this point you did wonder if they could then push on and get a winner, that, of course, did not materialise and on 76 minutes they were once again behind through Guangzhou Evergrande's defender Zhang Linpeng.

China could not fight back and now sit second in Group A after four matches and five points off Syria. 

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