Two games into the final phase of Asia's World Cup qualifiers, and China are already facing a must-win game against Vietnam tomorrow as Li Tie's team look to avoid becoming also-rans in the quest for Qatar 2022.

Back-to-back defeats against Australia and Japan were not unexpected in their opening matches in Group B but Li's side failed to register a shot in either game.

Australia and Saudi Arabia lead Group B on six points from two games, with Oman and Japan both on three points.

Iran lead with the only perfect record in Group A and play United Arab Emirates.

The top two teams in each of the two groups advance to the World Cup.


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