The 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match between Hong Kong and China played on Tuesday finished goalless.
The result leaves Kim Pan-gon's side in second place in Group C on 14 points three ahead of their opponents on the day, albeit having played one match more.
China dominated the possession statistics from the get-go, but it was the hosts who thought they had the ball in the back of the net in the 13th minute, only for the 'goal' to be ruled out due to a foul on China goalkeeper Wang Dalei.
China striker Yang Xu nearly scored his eighth goal of the campaign when he hit the crossbar on the 30-minute mark.
Shortly after, the woodwork came to China's rescue when Bai He also hit the crossbar after making a sweet connection to Sandro's cross.
In what proved to be a scrappy encounter bereft with many clear-cut goal-scoring chances, the hosts only had one other shot on target, as their rivals from the mainland piling on the pressure.
Hong Kong keeper Yapp Hung Fai denied Yu Dubao from close range in arguably the best chance of the math, before Bi Jinhao to head against the crossbar in the 81st minute in what was the match's final chance on goal.
In the latter stages of the match, China tried had virtually all the possession, finishing with a 72 percent of the ball in total, but despite their dominance could only muster five shots on target in total.
Qatar, who has won each of their six qualifiers to date, remain in top spot in the group in 18 points.