Doha: It's been a group stage of incredible highs and lows for Asia's six sides at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with historic victories and agonising defeats ensuring a rollercoaster journey for all involved.
Australia and Japan have advanced to the last 16, while Qatar, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia have exited, with Korea Republic set to play their final group game against Portugal on Friday.
Ahead of that crunch match-up, the-AFC.com has a look at the social media channels of the teams and players of those involved.
Queiroz only has praise for heartbroken IR Iran players
Doha: Carlos Queiroz paid tribute to his players’ efforts to pull themselves back into their clash with the United States at Al Thumama Stadium on Tuesday as the Islamic Republic of Iran crashed out of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic scored the only goal of the game eight minutes before the end of the first half to take Greg Berhalter’s side into the Round of 16 as runners-up in Group B behind England with the Iranians having to settle for a third place finish.
Doha: The Islamic Republic of Iran’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 campaign came to an end on Tuesday as Carlos Queiroz’s side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium.
Needing at least a draw to advance to the Round of 16 in second place in Group B behind England, the Iranians missed out on a clash with the Netherlands in the next round as Christian Pulisic’s first half goal took the Americans through at Team Melli’s expense.
Queiroz’s outfit were unable to put on a performance to match the buoyant support of their fans, who dominated the 42,127 crowd inside the Al Thumama Stadium but were unable to will their team towards the result required to take the Iranians into the last 16.
Doha: Two rounds of fixtures have now been completed at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and five of Asia’s six teams remain in with a chance of reaching the knockout rounds.
The Matchday Two encounters saw a stunning win for the Islamic Republic of Iran and a long-awaited victory for Australia, while the results were more disappointing for hosts Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea Republic.
As the sides now look ahead to their final group games, the-AFC.com reflects on some of the statistics that caught the eye in the previous round of fixtures.
Doha: Carlos Queiroz will take his Islamic Republic of Iran side into their final Group B clash at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with the United States believing they can deliver a performance capable of making history with qualification for the knockout rounds.
The Iranians are in second in the standings and a win over Gregg Berhalter’s side would guarantee a top two finish and a berth in the Round of 16 alongside current group leaders England or Wales.
Queiroz hails mental resilience of IR Iran players
Doha: Islamic Republic of Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz praised his team's mental resilience after their 2-0 win over Wales in Group B of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Friday.
Stoppage time goals by Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian saw Iran bounce back fabulously from their opening 6-2 defeat to England.
The win means a draw for Iran against the United States on Tuesday will seal their place in the knockout stage for the first time with the Americans on two points following their goalless stalemate with England on Friday.
Doha: Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian scored dramatic stoppage-time goals as the Islamic Republic of Iran breathed new life into their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 campaign with a 2-0 win over 10-man Wales in Group B on Friday.
Following a goalless first half at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Iran twice struck the woodwork shortly after the restart before Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was dismissed in the 86th minute. Then, just as the game appeared to be ending in a stalemate, substitute Cheshmi and Rezaeian struck in the 8th and 11th minutes of added time to secure a crucial three points.
Iran will next take on the United States on Tuesday when a win would see them advance to the knockout rounds for the first time in their history.
Al Rayyan: Carlos Queiroz has challenged Islamic Republic of Iran to revive their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 hopes by defeating Wales when the two sides meet on Matchday Two of Group B on Friday.
Iran kicked off their bid for a first ever appearance in the knockout stage with a 6-2 defeat against England and need to beat Wales - who drew 1-1 with the United States in their first FIFA World Cup Finals match since 1958 – to keep their hopes alive.
Queiroz proud of IR Iran players despite heavy England defeat
Al Rayyan: Head coach Carlos Queiroz expressed his pride in his players' fighting spirit, despite the Islamic Republic of Iran’s succumbing to a 6-2 loss against England in Group B of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Monday.
Mehdi Taremi got a brace from a second half strike followed by a very late penalty, while England had Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, and man of the match Bukayo Saka (brace) to thank for their half a dozen tally of goals.
Team Melli could be without Alireza Beiranvand for the game against Wales, due to take place on Friday after he suffered a nose injury forcing him to be substituted early on in the game.