China will continue their preparations for their opening match in Group C of the qualifiers for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup with a friendly match against New Zealand next month.

China, hosts and runners-up at the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, entertain the AllĀ  Whites at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium on November 14 in what will be the 13th meeting between the two sides at senior men’s international level.

The spoils were shared in the last meeting between the two sides when Michael McGlinchey, who scored as Australia’s Central Coast Mariners hammered China’s Tianjin Teda 5-1 in the Group Stage of this year’s AFC Champions League, cancelled out a second minute Andrew Boyens own goal in a 1-1 draw in Wuhan back in March 2011.

China begin their quest to reach the 2015 AFC Asian Cup on February 6, 2013, when they head to the Middle East to face three-time continental champions Saudi Arabia in their opening match in Group C, which also features Iraq and Indonesia, tournament winners and hosts respectively in 2007.

 

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