Members of China's national team take part in a training session for the World Cup qualifier soccer match against South Korea in Changsha, central China's Hunan province on March 21, 2017.
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China coach Marcello Lippi has sought to bolster player confidence ahead of a do-or-die World Cup qualifying clash with South Korea Thursday as the Italian attempts to encourage his squad to display more self-belief.China have picked up just two points in five games to sit bottom of Group A in AFC third round qualifying and defeat against Uli Stielike's side in Changsha's Helong Stadium would all but end any hope of a top-three spot for Lippi's side.China, who have struggled for goals, are eight points behind second-placed South Korea and nine adrift of leaders Iran as the top two teams advance to next year's finals in Russia with a playoff spot available for the third-place finishers.Just two points cover the top four teams in the group, with the UAE in fourth on nine points from their five games, just a point behind leaders Saudi Arabia, who take on last-placed Thailand (one point).
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