China Stunned By Hong Kong In World Cup Soccer Qualifier, Amid Political Tensions And On-Pitch Controversy

SHANGHAI -- As China celebrated its war victory against Japan in Beijing on Thursday, the country’s soccer-loving President Xi Jinping may have been momentarily distracted by a less conclusive result. China’s national soccer team, which the government has pledged to built into a major force, was held to a 0-0 draw at home, in a World Cup qualifying match against Hong Kong -- the city of seven million inhabitants that is part of China’s own territory but retains its own...

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