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China, Qatar seek 2018 World Cup boost

Beijing (AFP) – Ambitious China and 2022 hosts Qatar will come out fighting as they seek to salvage their bids to reach the 2018 Russia World Cup on Thursday. China, with one point from their two games so far, entertain war-torn Syria in Xian, while rock-bottom Qatar have it all to do against Son Heung-Min’s South Korea. Asian champions Australia have strolled through their first two games but it hasn’t been plain sailing for the region’s other World Cup regulars.
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