The Saudi national team’s clash with its Chinese counterpart in the World Cup qualifiers returns after a 24-year absence with the two teams falling into one group, the first time since the World Cup qualifiers 1998 in France.
The Saudi team will meet their Chinese counterpart at King Abdullah Stadium, “The Radiant Jewel” in Jeddah on Tuesday in the fourth leg of the second group competitions for the 2022 World Cup final qualifiers in Qatar.
The coaches of both teams have always enjoyed great excitement, especially in the 80s and 90s of the last century, before the Chinese team’s level dropped sharply at the start of the new millennium.
The Chinese team was one of the poles of the Asian continent in football, and its confrontations were strong with the Saudi team before the disappearance of its star and the emergence of the Japanese team, which started in the early years. 90 so far.
The two teams fell into one group in the current qualifiers after an absence that lasted 24 years, more specifically since the 1998 World Cup qualifiers in France.
The two teams had previously been part of the same group before this edition on 3 occasions, the first of which in the 1982 World Cup qualifiers in Spain, when they faced each other in two matches while the qualifiers were in pool in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, when the Chinese team won 4-2 and 2-0, respectively.
And he met again in the 1990 World Cup qualifiers for Italy in a single match, when the qualifiers were also in the group system in Singapore, and China won 2-1.
Their last playoff game was on their way to the 1998 World Cup in France, when they met in 1997, when China won in Beijing with a clean goal and drew 1-1 in Riyadh.
China has only participated in the World Cup once in its history and that was at the 2002 World Cup, while the Saudi team has reached the World Cup 5 times before, where they have participated 4 times in a row at the World Cup America 1994, France 1998, Japan and South Korea 2002, Germany 2006 and finally Russia 2018.