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Soccer-China’s Wu hoping for weather advantage in World Cup qualifiers

Chinese striker Wu Lei believes his side’s recent experience of the heat and humidity of the Gulf summer could give them an advantage going into next month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Australia and Japan in Doha.

The Li Tie-coached China national team are playing their opening two matches in the third round of Asia’s preliminaries for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after COVID-19 restrictions meant neither game could be played in their original venue. The Chinese had been due to travel to Sydney to open their campaign against Australia on Sept. 2 before hosting the Japanese in Beijing five days later, only for both games to be moved to a neutral venue.

“We played three matches in the United Arab Emirates in June this year in the previous Asian qualifiers, so the weather will not be a problem for the team as we can adapt to it,” the Espanyol forward told Chinese media. “I…

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