China vs Iran by Aloneindark
Unlike many sports, performance of men's football in China has hardly improved and in the history the Chinese team only managed to qualify once from WC qual. Asia in 2002. Ranking at 8th in Asia, they will be against the strongest team in Asia-Iran in the second match. Only the best 2 out of 6 in this group will qualify to the WC2018.
First of all, the Chinese team has been criticized for playing too deep and conservative against Korean in the first match on 1Sep as they gave up their offense completely in the first half. And they lost 2:3 to Korea after a far left behind 0:3. But China had no choice as Korean team is simply better. However, Chinese team again proved that they can both score and concede goals. These days, the team received enough information that they played too conservative even though they are underdogs. Only demostraing equally strong attack can they release the pressure at defending end. Playing as single forwarder in the game against Korean, it is believed that quality and speed forwarder Wu Lei will be assigned a good power forwarder Gao Lin to give him enough support. They will reform to play with 4 defenders instead of 5. The priority for the team is to score and grab points. Therefore, to put the bus behind is not a solution as the Iranians are full of weapons to score. Against different opponents, they managed to score in the last 10 matches and have conceded only one goal in the last 6. However, China is playing at home, with full motivation to try to win this match and defense is important but no more the first priority.
I believe China will not keep silence and will score. Unless till 80+ mins it becomes acceptable for both to get one point with 0:0.
There is not much I can say about Iran as my concentration is on China to score. The Chinese head coach Gao Hongbo knows this match is important but he also knows what he can achieve firstly depends on what "materials" he has on hand. I predict he will motivate the team and set his tactics in the right track.
Just for your consideration.
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