Saudi Arabia beats China 3-2 to claim fourth straight win

The win put it three points clear at the top and it faces Australia next in November.

Saudi Arabia players celebrate after scoring against China on Tuesday.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Saudi Arabia beat fifth-place China 3-2 in Jeddah to record a fourth straight win and go three points clear at the top. In the group’s other game, Oman rallied to beat Vietnam 3-1 and go third, above Japan by virtue of scoring more goals.

Australia and Saudi Arabia will meet on November 11, when Japan is away at Vietnam. In Group A, Iran and South Korea drew 1-1 in an empty stadium in Tehran.

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Lebanon is third with five points after a 3-2 win over Syria. In a meeting of Dutch coaches, Bert van Marwijk’s United Arab Emirates lineup was held to a 2-2 draw by Dick Advocaat’s Iraq in Dubai, a result that leaves both teams on three points, two ahead of Syria.

Australia defender Aziz Behich put the ball into his own net in the 85th minute Tuesday to give Japan a 2-1 victory and six points from four matches in Group B.

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