Australia will be without Harry Souttar as the giant Stoke City defender sustained a knee injury against Saudi Arabia. Only the first two from each of the six team groups will receive a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Australia hopes to reclaim its 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in Sharjah on Tuesday with a win that would almost certainly end China’s low hopes of returning to the Middle East in November. (More football news)
A point from the last two games meant that the Socceroos slipped to second place in Group B at halftime, three points behind Saudi Arabia, tied 0-0 in Sydney on Thursday and only one before Japan. Only the first two winners from each of the six team groups will get a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
If the game in Sharjah is not won, the game will be suspended from Beijing due to travel restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 from China relocated to Qatar in each of the six team groups.
“We’re in a great position, it’s all in our hands,” said Arnold. “When you have something in hand, you’re in a great position and you don’t have to rely on other results.”
Australia will have to do without Harry Souttar as the giant Stoke City defender against Saudi Arabia sustains a knee injury China, which has only played one World Cup game in its history, have only four points from their five previous games to increase the pressure on coach Li Tie. A defeat would probably mean the end of all ambitions to finish third and enter the play-offs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
After the 1-1 draw with Oman on Thursday, there were more and more calls for a resignation from Li, although former Chinese coach Zhu Guanghu has defended the current coach.
“Just like Sir Alex Ferguson said about the Chinese players, they can play the ball well if they are not challenged. But if they are challenged with limited space they cannot do it. ”
” It is too late to deal with your shortcomings in the national team phase, this should be done when you are young, “he added.
Saudi Arabia can move one step closer to a sixth FIFA World Cup game with a win against Vietnam, which has lost all five games so far. Japan are currently traveling to Oman with seven points from five games,
In Group A, Iran and South Korea are clear. Iran scored two goals in the final minutes to beat Lebanon 2-1 on Thursday and remained first with 13 points. Iran meets Syria, which is bottom of the group with just two points, while Korea will take on their tenth consecutive World Cup title with a win against Iraq in Qatar.
Korea’s captain Son Heung-min scored 1-0 -Back to the United Arab Emirates twice on Thursday, the Tottenham Hotspur star is looking for more goals.
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