China News Service, Beijing, March 30th. On the 30th, Beijing time, in the final round of the top 12 of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Asian qualifiers in Muscat, Oman, the Chinese men’s football team that played away faced the Oman team. Falling into a passive situation, they lost 0:2, and they ranked second to last in the group with 1 win, 3 draws, 6 losses and 6 points, and missed the World Cup for five consecutive times.
Before this game, both the Chinese team and the Oman team had lost their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar. The Oman team playing at home has shown a better competitive state and is eager to end this round of 12 with a victory. Shortly after the opening, the Oman team launched a fierce attack on the Chinese team’s goal.
In the 9th minute, the Oman team continued to put pressure on, Halsey broke into the penalty area from the right and returned the pass. In the 11th minute, there was another loophole in the national football defense line. The Oman team played a subtle cooperation. Allawi shot from the left side of the penalty area to the dead corner of the far post.
In the 44th minute, the Oman team used a set kick to break the national football goal again, but the goal was ruled out for offside. After changing sides and fighting again, the Chinese team made successive substitutions and adjustments to strengthen the offense, but with little success.
The Oman team’s offensive continued unabated. In the 73rd minute, the Oman team launched a counterattack after stealing the ball in the backcourt. There were obvious loopholes in the left defense line of the national football team. Throughout the whole game, the national football team had 7 shots and none of them were on target, and the Oman team had 11 shots and 4 shots on target.
National football coach Li Xiaopeng said after the game that the loss in this game is reasonable, and the future should focus on improving the pace of the game. As for the reason for the failure to hit the World Cup, Li Xiaopeng believes that the main reason is lack of strength. “The most important thing now is that the team’s game rhythm needs to be improved. The last two games were dragged by the opponent. We still have a lot of things to do.”
So far, the top 12 World Preliminaries have all ended. The Chinese team scored 9 goals and conceded 19 goals, won 1 win, 3 draws and 6 losses, and ranked fifth in Group B with 6 points. The four Asian teams of Iran, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia will directly qualify for the Qatar World Cup. The third UAE team in Group A and the third Australian team in Group B will participate in the play-offs. (over)