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MD2 Preview - Group B: Chinese Taipei vs Nepal; Kuwait vs Australia


Monday, September 9, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: A confident Kuwait will be raring to play Australia while Chinese Taipei and Nepal need three points after suffering defeats in their opening FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers campaigns on Matchday One.


Kuwait played sublime football to defeat Nepal 7-0 while Chinese Taipei were edged 2-1 by Jordan on Thursday.

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CHINESE TAIPEI vs NEPAL

Chinese Taipei head coach Louis Lancaster expects his side to bounce back against Nepal.

Lancaster drew positives from the defeat to Jordan, as he said Chinese Taipei had shown they can match teams that are ranked higher.

“There's a big difference in football between who is in control of the ball and who is in control of the game. I would like to believe our game plan worked and we have given everyone hope for the next game on Tuesday.

“Against Nepal, we are the favourites, so we need to win the game in 20 minutes because the longer the game goes on, the more pressure favourites put themselves under."

MD1 - Group B: Kuwait vs Nepal

Nepal head coach Johan Kalin has been busy tightening his team's defence, admitting that the performance of his defenders against Kuwait caught him by surprise.

"I need to analyse what really went wrong. We were really good defensively in the past five matches but we conceded very silly goals against Kuwait. We’re not happy.

"We need to do a lot better in Chinese Taipei and hopefully gain momentum thereon," said Kalin.

CHINESE TAIPEI vs NEPAL
Venue:Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei
Kick-off: 19:10 (UTC +8)


KUWAIT vs AUSTRALIA

Kuwait will be eager to test themselves against an Australian side which may be in transition but is packed with talent.

The two met in a friendly in Kuwait just under a year ago with Australia running out 4-0 winners and the West Asians will be eager to show they have improved since.

Kuwait are making a comeback to the Asian Qualifiers after a FIFA suspension ruled them out of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

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They maximised home ground advantage against Nepal and will be aiming to do the same against an Australian side who will be playing their first competitive match since their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 campaign ended in the quarter-finals.

Australia's target is a fifth consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals and a win against Kuwait will set them up nicely for what will be yet another gruelling qualifying campaign.

KUWAIT vs AUSTRALIA
Venue: Al Kuwait SC Stadium, Kuwait
Kick-off: 18:30 (UTC +3)

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