Oman vs China LIVE Football Score 29 Mar 2022
About the match
Oman is going head to head with China starting on 29 Mar 2022 at 16:00 UTC at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex stadium, Muscat city, Oman. The match is a part of the World Cup Qualification, AFC 3rd round, Gr.B.
Oman will host China at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on Tuesday in their final qualifying game for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Reds have already been eliminated from the fray after collecting just 11 points from nine games. However, ending their campaign on a high looks to be on their agenda, especially after they saw off Vietnam 1-0 in their penultimate game on Thursday. China, meanwhile, are below them in the Group B standings, sitting five points adrift in fourth place with just one win so far. However, the Dragons produced an encouraging performance earlier this week by holding Saudi Arabia to a 1-1 draw.
Oman will wrap up their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign on Tuesday at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex with a chance to earn their second-ever victory against China. Al-Ahmar edged Vietnam 1-0 last week, while a late second-half penalty gave the Chinese a 1-1 draw versus Saudi Arabia. Playing in the third round of qualifying for the first time since the 2014 campaign, Oman held their own against some of the top teams in Asia, but unfortunately, it will not be enough to see them make it to Qatar.
After stunning Japan 1-0 in their opening fixture of this qualification stage, there was a belief that the two-time Arabian Gulf Cup winners might be able to surprise some of the giant footballing nations in this region. Branko Ivankovic took over this team intending to get them into the World Cup for the first time, and although that will not happen this year, that kind of positive mentality seems to have trickled down to his players, who have fought fearlessly throughout this campaign. Having to face Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia, among others, at this stage of the competition, not much was expected from this squad.
Still, they have made those sides work hard to beat them, losing twice to the Saudis and once to the Samurai Blue by a single goal. What is even more commendable about these narrow defeats is that they have played more aggressively than expected, always employing two strikers and never being dominated by teams who may be superior to them on paper. In their previous match against China, set pieces proved to be their undoing as they were caught flat-footed on a couple of occasions in the opening half, though they fought their way back from a goal behind to claim a 1-1 draw. China players look dejected after the match on January 27, 2022
China came into this stage of qualifying on the back of five consecutive victories in all competitions and with it an expectation that they might be a dark horse team, with the potential to finish in a top-three position in Group B. Unfortunately for Li Xiaopeng and his side, they began this qualifying phase on a sour note, losing 3-0 to Australia, and they have struggled to find consistency since then, putting in a mixture of good and poor performances. Last week was far from their most clinical showing, yet they managed to fight back and draw a strong side in Saudi Arabia, scoring on their lone effort on target.
Dragon’s Team have failed to register a shot on goal three times in this qualification stage, and they are struggling to provide much quality service to their strikers. They only conceded three goals in the second round of qualifying, but their backline have had issues containing some of the more clinical finishers in this current group stage, conceding 17 goals after nine matches, which is second only to Vietnam. Since the dream of a second World Cup appearance was shattered with a surprising defeat to the Golden Star Warriors last month (3-1), this squad have faced some intense public criticism, as they will have to wait another four years to try to qualify for the finals once again.
Khalid Al-Hajri scored his first goal of qualification for Oman against Vietnam, his 13th for the national team, while Abdullah Fawaz will try to replicate his performance from their previous home fixture when he notched a brace in a 2-2 draw against the Socceroos, the first two strikes of his international career. Amjad Al-Harthi scored his first international goal in their last outing against China, while Issam Al-Sabhi has tallied twice for this team in qualifying. Ibrahim Al-Mukhaini stopped all three of the shots that he faced versus the Golden Star Warriors to collect a clean sheet, replacing Faiz Al-Rushaidi in goal in what was his first appearance for the senior side.