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Friday, 7 June, 2002, 04:25 GMT 05:25 UK
China's famous five
Yu Genwei of China pulls the shirt of Hernan Medford
Yu Genwei has just recovered from a knee injury

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China may be one of the World Cup's weakest teams - but they still have players who can mix it with the best.

These are the five key individuals they will pin their hopes on in Saturday's match against World Cup giants Brazil.

Ma Mingyu: Captain of the squad and dubbed the "silent horse".

Boasts explosive power and well-known for his ability to score long-range goals from the left side of midfield.

Became the first Chinese player to join an Italian club when he signed for Perugia in September but returned home after seven months without having played a single Serie A game.

Yu Genwei: Midfielder who scored the vital goal that sent China to the World Cup finals for the first time.

But that goal against Oman remains his only strike so far and his chances have been limited, despite making his debut fully five years ago.

Serious knee injury in March looked to have robbed him of his chance to play at this World Cup, but has made a rapid recovery.

Hao Haidong: Veteran striker approaching 100 caps for his country.

Had a falling out with coach Milutinovic which cost him his place, but is now a permanent fixture once more.

China's Haidong Hao battles with Costa Ricas Mauricio Solis
Haidong Hao has had run-ins with authority figures

That row was not his only brush with controversy, as Hao was banned for a year by the Asian Football Federation for spitting at an assistant referee during the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998.

Li Tie: Attracting the attentions of clubs in Europe after being named Chinese player of the year for 2001.

Experience beyond his years, as the 24-year-old already has 71 caps under his belt.

Reliable defensive midfielder and the pacemaker of the Chinese game, Li played in the 1998 squad that missed out on qualification for the finals in France.

Qu Bo: Young striker who made his name at the Fifa World Youth Championships in Argentina last year.

Only 21, but now a fixture in the senior squad, though he is likely to act as cover for Hao Haidong.

Quick and skilful, China's hopes of surprising Brazil may be best served in a late substitute's appearance from Qu.


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COSTA RICA 3 -1 4
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