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 By John Duerden

Marcello Lippi fails to inspire China while Australia draw 2-2 in Thailand

Jason Dasey and Matt Smith break down Thailand's resilient effort in their 2-2 draw against Australia in WCQ.
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Marcello Lippi took charge of his first competitive game as China head coach.

Marcello Lippi was unable to inspire China to a win in his first game in charge as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Qatar in a AFC World Cup qualifier in Kunming on Tuesday evening.

The hosts are bottom of Group A in the final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup with just one point from the first four games, and the result almost certainly ends the slim hopes they had of finishing in the top two in the six-team group and progressing automatically to Russia.

China had plenty of chances but...

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Australia and Japan draw as China lose again in AFC World Cup qualifying

Mile Jedinak's penalty rescued Australia from a home 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying defeat, salvaging a 1-1 draw in Melbourne against Japan and keeping the Socceroos on course for Russia 2018.

The Japanese looked set for a smash-and-grab success after Genki Haraguchi's fifth-minute opener until Australia's captain restored parity early in the second half.

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A first half played at a snail's pace gave way to a helter-skelter second 45 minutes, allowing the Socceroos back into the Group B contest.

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Australia's Trent Sainsbury unhappy with Saudi's time-wasting tactics

Mathew Leckie knows the Australian coaches and players will not accept a draw against any side.

Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury has lashed out at the time-wasting tactics from Saudi Arabia after a heated AFC World Cup qualifier in which both coaches lost their cool.

Australia had to settle with a 2-2 draw in Jeddah on Friday morning, but the match threatened to boil over in the second half as Saudi players started succumbing in the tough 30 degree celcius heat and humidity.

When defender Omar Othman fell to the ground with cramp a good 50 meters off the ball, players and fans for the home...

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Australia held to draw by Saudi Arabia after four-goal thriller

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Asian champions Australia lost their 100 percent record in the final round of 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying when former AFC Player of the Year Nassir Al Shamrani came off the bench to score a 79th minute equaliser for Saudi Arabia in Jeddah.

But the draw was enough to keep the Socceroos top of Group B on goal difference from the Saudis.

Al Shamrani's close-range goal came after Tomi Juric had put Australia ahead eight minutes earlier at the King Abdullah Sports City.

Earlier, Taisir Al Jassem gave...