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Chinese media: 'Our national team now cannot compare to Vietnam and Thailand'

Chinese media: 'Our national team now cannot compare to Vietnam and Thailand'

China's Sohu newspaper said that the current level of the national football team is far behind from both Vietnam and Thailand after a disappointing draw against the Philippines in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

China marched to the Philippines' guests with great confidence after two consecutive victories, scoring 12 goals and not conceding a single goal. Not only that, but they also won the Philippines in all 8 previous meetings, scoring 50 goals and only conceding 1 goal. However, 90 minutes on the Panaad field ended without any goals being scored.

Witnessing the disappointing draw of the home team, Chinese newspaper Sohu wrote: "The draw against Philippines in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers showed that the level of Chinese football is lagging in the continental arena.

Currently, our team is inferior to many Southeast Asian teams, typically Vietnam and Thailand, both teams win the fourth round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. If we face Vietnam and Thailand at this time, then we are likely to fail.

China will have to rank below Vietnam and Thailand if we joins the Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF). Our level is only on par with Malaysia".

The draw against the Philippines made China fall to be on the second place in Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier (AFC) with 7 points after 3 matches, 2 points less than the top team Syria.

According to the schedule, China will face Syria in the next match. That will be a huge decisive match to the ticket to the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup of coach Marcelo Lippi and his players.