China's hopes of playing their upcoming World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos in on home soil have been dashed after the match was moved to the United Arab Emirates due to travel restrictions.
The Chinese will also face Oman on neutral territory - having yet to play at home in the final round of Asian preliminaries for Qatar 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"After negotiations with all related parties and the confirmation of the AFC, China will play against Oman and Australia on November 11 and 16 respectively in Sharjah," Xinhua quoted the Chinese Football Association as saying.
The Socceroos 'hosted' China in Doha, Qatar, in September - running out 3-0 winners - as their campaign was played abroad due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Australia.
They have since been boosted by the approval to host a top of the table clash with Saudi Arabia in Sydney on November 11 - some 763 days after Graham Arnold's side played in front of home fans since October 2019 in Canberra.
Li Tie's China side have been forced to play overseas in all of their matches in the current phase of qualifying due to the country's tight pandemic travel restrictions, which severely limit arrivals into China.
The Chinese hosted their game against Japan in Doha in September, losing 1-0 to Hajime Moriyasu's team, before defeating Vietnam 3-2 in Sharjah last month.
Li's squad had been based in the Middle East from mid-August but returned to China after the win over Vietnam and officials had hoped to hold the upcoming qualifiers on home soil.
China are in fifth place in Group B and trail leaders Saudi Arabia by nine points after four matches.
The top two from the group - currently occupied by Saudi Arabia Arabia and Australia - qualify automatically for the World Cup while the third-place finishers enter a series of playoffs.