The city of Shenyang mobilised a record number of police for tonight's football match between China and Oman, as officials appealed to fans without tickets not to visit the city as it was bursting at the seams. China, leading their five-team qualifying group with four wins and one draw from five games, need a draw tonight to reach the World Cup finals next year in Japan and South Korea. The game will be played in front of 50,000 fans at the Wulihe Stadium and a national television audience of hundreds of millions. The northeastern city has ordered the mobilisation of 2,000 extra police from the nearby cities of Anshan and Fushun to add to its own force of 8,000 - representing a record number of officers on duty at one time. Scalpers have been selling 120 yuan (HK$113) tickets for 600 yuan and 300 yuan tickets for up to 1,500 yuan. Most hotels in the city are full. The 435-room, five-star Man Hao Hotel, next to the stadium, said it was fully booked. Prices range from 952 yuan for a standard room to 18,000 for a presidential suite - where the game can be watched through their window. Some restaurants have put beds into dining rooms to accommodate fans, while sauna parlours are renting out television rooms and visitors are sleeping in cheaper hotels' corridors. Newspapers yesterday published appeals by city officials for fans outside Shenyang not to come to the city unless they had tickets. 'If more fans come, it will put even more pressure on the transport system and the accommodation. If you do not have a ticket, please watch the game at home on television,' an official said. An assistant at a photographic shop in Beijing, Wang Hong, said: 'We have waited for this day for 44 years - when we started trying to get into the World Cup. If we win, I plan to go to Tiananmen Square to celebrate. It will be almost like July 13, when we won the 2008 Olympics bid.' China's coach, Bora Milutinovic, said: 'I am optimistic about this match and hope to bring pleasure to everyone.' The Omanis are the weakest team in the group with two draws and three losses in five games. China's players will be given large bonuses if they win. Magazines have speculated that each player will get tens of thousands of yuan.