China’s Gao Zhunyi (left) heads the ball in front of Japan’s Yu Kobayashi. Photo: AFP

China’s East Asian Championship hopes end as Japan ride freak Gen Shoji goal to victory

Marcello Lippi rues his team’s inability to control the ball during 2-1 loss to hosts in Tokyo

Topic |   Chinese Football Association (CFA)

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China’s Gao Zhunyi (left) heads the ball in front of Japan’s Yu Kobayashi. Photo: AFP
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Michael Church

Michael Church

Michael Church first started writing about football in Asia when he moved to Hong Kong in 1995 and he has covered every Asian Cup since 1996 and every World Cup since the finals were held in France in 1998. He spends much more time than is healthy sitting on planes and loitering in hotel lobbies and is also a committed fan of most things featuring loud, distorted guitars.