Doha: When China PR and Vietnam met last Thursday in the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar, both teams knew they had to win. Having each suffered back-to-back losses in Group B, they knew they needed nothing short of victory in their third outing.
In what proved to be a thriller, the Chinese ran out 3-2 winners courtesy of their go-to star, Wu Lei. The Espanyol man initiated a move from which Zhang Yuning broke the deadlock, before scoring a brace as his side kept their hopes still alive.
“The past month was very difficult for us considering what we have gone through," the 29-year-old told FIFA.com, referring to the pressure they shouldered after losing their opening two matches in Group B. “We were in a difficult position after the first two games and we were aware that we faced a must-win scenario against Vietnam if we were to keep our hopes alive in this campaign. .....
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