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China beats Malaysia 4-1, drops game for first time since 2003

China beats Malaysia 4-1, drops game for first time since 2003

China beat Malaysia 4-1 at the Sudirman Cup on Thursday and lost a game in this world mixed team championship for the first time since 2003.
After China took a 4-0 lead, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei defeated world champion Lin Dan 21-17, 21-17 in the Division 1A group match.
"When Lin Dan played, the result was already decided ... so it didn't matter that he lost," China head coach Li Yongbo said.
South Korea beat China 3-1 in the 2003 final. At the 2005 championships, China won all group matches 5-0 and swept the semifinals and final 3-0.
Five-time China has already beaten England and Thailand 5-0 here.
Malaysia's fifth-game victory means it will advance to the semifinals if England fails to beat Thailand later Thursday.