WATCH: China's comical defending gifts winning goal to Iran

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When your opponent's defence is this badly organised, who needs a playmaker?

The Azadi Stadium in Tehran was the stage for Iran's World Cup qualifier with China on Tuesday, and the visitors went home with nothing after some particularly suspect defending.

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Having emerged for the second half just moments before, China's back line made a meal of what could have been a routine clearance, only for Mehdi Taremi to pounce and make it 1-0.

The goal prompted a raft of changes from Marcelo Lippi, but it wasn't enough and the damage had already been done.

See Lippi's defensive line fall to bits in the footage above!