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Magnificent effort by Australia; undermanned; difficult conditions; up against and to get a point is a fantastic effort. Verbeek would be happy with a point given the circumstances and Carney could quite easily have stolen it at the end.

Schwarzer turns from villain to hero, giving away penalty and then saving the spot kick in the dying minutes of the match.

Full-time - 0-0

91' Great chance for Carney, but he doesn't attack the ball from Bresciano's perfect cross and the Chinese defender's manage to put Carney off his shot... should have scored.

89' Yesssssssssssssssss... Schwarzer you are a legend, as he guesses the right way and saves the spot kick by Jaiyi Shao

88' Unbelievable China have been awarded a penalty for a foul by Schwarzer on Bo Qu.

87' Bo Qu with a first time half volley that forces a good save by Schwarzer.

Five to go... is a tense time.

84' Valeri gets a hard tackle on Jihai.

81' Terrible tackle on Wilkshire by Sun Jihai... doesn't even get a yellow card and he should be off. Replays it was high and he left the ground in making the challenge. Australian players and bench not happy.

79' Holman YC

75' Wilkshire wins free kick near corner post on right. Carney cross to near post is easily cleared.

73' China sub - Han Peng off - Bo Qu on

73' Wilkshire concedes free kick wide on left, 25 out. Terrible free kick

71' Neill with a long throw, but Beauchamp concedes a foul in the contest.

68' China sub - Zheng Zhi off - Jaiyi Shao on

Few mistakes starting to creep in.

64' Chipped ball into Holman, tries to chest to his advantage in penalty area, but China desperately clear.

63' China sub - Zhou Haibin off - Zhaobo Xiao on

61' China counter, Zhi Zheng's cross just misses Han Peng.

59' Wilkshire's corner punched as far as Grella, controls with chest, but shot is well wide.

Australia getting their foot on the ball more now, win a corner when it looked a clear handball.

57' Holman clatters into his Chinese opponent and concedes a free kick.

China have lifted the tempo early in the second half and have put Australia under a bit of pressure.

53' Weifang Li cross is whipped across, both Schwarzer and Zhu Ting miss ball.

52' Zhu Ting has a header on goal, which Schwarzer saves comfortably.

51' China get a free kick wide on the left, 35 out... ball goes over the back and Feng Xiaoting can't control shot.

50' Zheng Zhi tries a shot from 20 metres but ball almost hits corner flag. Came after a turnover by Australia.

48' Neill with long throw, ball comes out to Culina, which he tries to lash home but is mistimed and cleared away.

China get second half underway

Match is all set for a tense second half, which is bound to see more chances come as the effects of the high altitude take effect.

Bresciano had best chance of the first half, reaching out to stab a cross from Holman, but it hit goalkeepers leg.

So far so good, apart from the unfortunate injury to Archie Thompson in the first five minutes of the game. He looked gutted as he came off.

Half time - 0-0

46'+ Carney offside.

41' Chance for Australia, Culina's low shot parried by Zong Lei and is cleared before Bresciano can pounce.

40' Valeri concedes harsh free kick on left in good position. Low ball to near post shot wide by Zhu Ting.

38' China miss golden chance from close range, volleys over with free shot on goal.

38' North clears corner.

37' China down left, cross cannons off Wilkshire for a corner.

37' Carney offside.

35' Bresciano cross just beats Holman in the box.

33' China free kick... played into box, Neill header goes to Zheng Zhi, he plays ball onto left foot, but can't get power into shot and Schwarzer saves. Good chance for China.

31' Valeri strong in the challenge and forces goalkick from Zhi.

29' Long ball by China, is comfortable for Schwarzer.

25' Oh great save. Bresciano denied a great chance by Chinese keeper after Holman set him up. Should have scored.

24' Mexican wave already started by Chinese fans... Australia trying to keep ball as China playing defensive.

22' China corner... Schwarzer punched clear.

21' North great cover tackle to deny China an opportunity... China corner.

19' Free kick by China is punched unconvincingly by Schwarzer, but eventually cleared away

18' Carney concedes silly free kick wide on right, which unbelieveably earns him a yellow card.

16' Long ball from Holman, but keeper sees it out of play.

The flight of the ball is giving the Australians a few problems in both attack and defence.

12' Wilkshire professionally fouled, but Chinese defender gets away with only a warning.

The challenge on Thompson has obviously hurt the Victory striker around his knee and he is forced off. Another blow for Verbeek. Replay shows that it was late and high tackle.

8' Aust sub - Thompson off - Holman on

6' Ball played in behind defence, Chinese midfielder misses free header and Schwarzer saves.

6' China corner, cleared by North

4' Thompson is brought down in heavy challenge on half way by Xiatong Feng, who gets a yellow card.

2' Carney gets half a break towards penalty area, but ball is nipped off his heels and the same happens to Archie Thompson seconds later.

2' After keeping the ball since kick-off, Carl Valeri tries an ambitious long ball and travels well over attack.

Australia get the game underway.

The national anthems are being played in what is a capacity stadium. Kick-off is only minutes away.

Late News: Pim Verbeek concedes he is going a little bit defensive after the loss of so many striking options. He also puts it down to the high altitude and the fact you cannot play a high pressure game in these conditions. Wants to watch the long ball over the top and to survive the opening 20 minutes and gaps will start to appear after that. Pitch is soft and slow according to Pim.

Referee is Mohammed Omar Al Saeedi from UAE

The match kicks off at 5.00pm (AEDT).

The match can be seen live on Fox Sports 2 from 4.30pm.

Team News:

Harry Kewell has been forced to withdraw from today-s match with a groin injury, picked up in the friendly international against Singapore on Saturday night. His absence brings the total number of injured personnel to seven players, with Bruce Djite also ruled out with a hamstring injury, picked up in a shooting training drill, ironically on the day of his 21st birthday.

Kewell-s absence has opened the door for Carl Valeri, while the striking role will be filled by Melbourne Victory-s Archie Thompson ahead of Mark Bridge. Thompson is joined by Newcastle Jets captain Jade North in the starting line-up, where he will start as the right fullback.

The starting line-up is: Mark Schwarzer (gk); Jade North, Lucas Neill (C), Michael Beauchamp, Luke Wilkshire, David Carney, Vince Grella, Carl Valeri, Jason Culina, Mark Bresciano, Archie Thompson Subs from: Patrick Kisnorbo, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Jacob Burns, Mile Jedinak, Brett Holman, Mark Bridge, Ante Covic (gk)