A big game comes to us from the Round of 16 at the AFC Asian Cup 2019 tournament, as China PR take on Thailand to decide who the best truly is.
Thailand and China PR drew their only previous meeting at the Asian Cup – a 0-0 stalemate during the 1992 group stages.
Thailand have reached the knockout stages of the Asian Cup for just the second time, with their previous appearance coming in their 1972 tournament in which they hosted, finishing in third place.
Not a great record to have heading into a clash with a team like China PR, but this young Thai side does appear to have that extra bit to give in order to pull off a win.
China PR’s Zhang Linpeng was the only outfield player in their squad to play every minute of the 2019 Asian Cup group stages.
That means a largely fresh bunch of players to play against Thailand, which only makes a difficult task more daunting for the War Elephants.
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