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China destroyed the Maldives in their opening match of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign

China destroyed the Maldives in their opening match of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign

Let us see some predictions of professional experts about Maldives vs China match in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers (AFC).

China destroyed the Maldives in their opening match of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign

Despite being a guest, but with the upper class, China pushed up the offensive squad immediately after the opening whistle. However, Lippi's army took 34 minutes to get the opening goal after Xi Wu's header.

Having won the goal, China easily mastered the match at its disposal. Before the end of the first half, the striker was wearing Espanyol - Wu Lei headed near the wall to increase the score to 2-0 for the visitors.

After the halftime break, the Maldives suddenly flourished and began to get some dangerous situations that threatened China's goal. In such a game, the home team unexpectedly conceded a goal on penalties in the 64th minute and the Chinese scorer Xu Yang.

In the 81st minute, the Maldives even played with only 10 people after Akram Ghanee received a second yellow card in the match. Taking advantage of people, the visitors had 2 more goals in the 83 minutes and 90 minutes, thanks to the efforts of naturalized striker Elkeson.

Winning a devastating 5-0 victory over the Maldives, China has confirmed the status of the No. 1 team in Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying round in Asia. In the next match, Lippi's team will return home to welcome Guam, the most underrated team.

 Maldives vs China starting line-ups:

Maldives: Faisal, Numaan, Shifaau, Ashfaq, Aisham, Mohamed, Ghanee, Naim, Mahudhee, Hassan, Nihan

China: Yan, Li, Zhang, Wu, Hao, Yang, Elkeson, Chi, Wu, Wang, Zhu.

Maldives vs China match information

Time: 19:00 (GMT+8) on September 10th

Venue: National Football Stadium (Maldives)

Competition: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers (AFC)

Because of the ambition to attend the 2022 World Cup, the Chinese football federation agreed to let coach Marcello Lippi summon naturalized players.

Coach Marcello Lippi has announced the summon list of the Chinese team prepared for the 2022 World Cup qualifier. Notably, the 30-year-old Brazilian striker, Elkeson of Guangzhou is also called.

Elkeson is Brazilian and has no roots in China. However, the striker has been naturalized in China after having had five years of playing here (since 2013) and has been approved by the FIFA World Football Federation as well as the AFC Asian Football Federation. Chinese shirt team.

The arrival of Elkeson faces fierce opposition from Chinese fans. According to them, the Chinese team should only summon naturalized players but have roots and bloodlines (parents and grandparents) who are Chinese.

Head coach Marcello Lippi also summoned midfielder Nico Yennaris (who grew up from Arsenal training academy and played for young English team). Nico Yennaris has a Chinese name of Li Ke and her mother is Chinese. Therefore, this midfielder is cheered by billionaire fans like other players.

China destroyed the Maldives in their opening match of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign

Despite the fierce protest from the crowd, the Chinese Football Federation is expected to continue to convene qualified naturalized players. In particular, four Brazilian stars, Ricardo Goulart, Alan Carvalho, Aloisio Goncalves and Fernandinho are the most promising names.

With the naturalization of the above players, the Chinese team has a very strong frame and fully competitive tickets to attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In the second stage qualifier, China is on the same table Maldives, Syria, Philippines and Guam.

Historically, Chinese football has met Maldives 4 times, in which China wins all 4 matches (the score 10-1, 1-0, 3-0, 4-0). Most experts say China is stronger than Maldives in all aspects, and the visitors will easily win in this opening match!