World Cup Qualifier Syria's Al-Mawas dents China's hopes

The bustling forward latched onto a long ball and prodded his first touch past on-rushing goalkeeper Gu Chao

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Syria's Mahmoud Al-Mawas (L) fights for the ball with Vietnam's Tran Dinh Dong during a friendly at Hanoi's My Dinh stadium on May 31, 2016 play

Syria's Mahmoud Al-Mawas (L) fights for the ball with Vietnam's Tran Dinh Dong during a friendly at Hanoi's My Dinh stadium on May 31, 2016

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Syria dented China's bid to reach a second World Cup when they pulled off a stunning 1-0 qualifying upset on Thursday.

Mahmoud Al-Mawas's breakaway goal in the 54th minute settled a gritty game in Xian which left China stranded on one point from their first three games in Group A.

Seventy-eighth ranked China have ambitions of hosting and even winning a World Cup, but Al-Mawas hit their hopes of reaching the tournament for a second time at Russia 2018.

The bustling forward latched onto a long ball and prodded his first touch past on-rushing goalkeeper Gu Chao before controlling the bouncing ball into the net.

Syria should have made the game safe in the 73rd minute but Omar Kharbin managed to miss an open goal from Al-Mawas's inviting cutback.

Syria, despite playing their home games at neutral venues because of the conflict in their country, now climb above China in Group A to draw level on four points with mighty Iran, who play Uzbekistan later.

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