AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Five Takeaways from Matchday Five
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar reached the halfway point with the six games of Matchday Five across the two groups producing one home win, two away victories and three draws.
Australia, Saudi Arabia and Korea Republic remained unbeaten going into the second half of the campaign, while Vietnam, Iraq, Syria and the United Arab Emirates are all yet to register a win in five, but all teams continue to have a mathematical chance of reaching Qatar 2022. the-AFC.com reflects on five takeaways from the latest round of matches played on Thursday.
Australia confirm Souttar ruled out by serious injury
Dubai: Football Australia has confirmed that defender Harry Souttar sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in last week’s AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar tie against Saudi Arabia in Sydney.
The Stoke City defender returned to the United Kingdom on Sunday where he will undergo further assessment at his club and commence his rehabilitation.
Nemer: Patience was key in Amman Club defeating Shahrdari Sirjan for the title
Aqaba: A patient game approach paid off for Khaled Nemer’s Amman Club in their 2-1 win over Islamic Republic of Iran’s Shahrdari Sirjan to win the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium, Jordan on Saturday.
Maysa Jbarah gave Amman the lead going into the break before Shahnaz Jebreen's curling effort sealed the victory, with Afsaneh Chatrenoor scoring a late consolation from the penalty spot.
The result meant Amman, on six points, finished ahead of Shahrdari Sirjan to clinch the title by virtue of head-to-head.
Priya dedicates Gokulam Kerala victory to Indian football, Bunyodkor's Gulamova looks forward
Aqaba: Head coach Priya PV breathed a sigh of relief after Sree Gokulam Kerala FC claimed their first win at the 2021 AFC Women’s Club Championship, defeating Uzbekistan’s FC Bunyodkor 3-1 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium, Jordan on Saturday to conclude their campaign on a high.
Gokulam took a 1-0 lead going into the break and added two more goals in the second half with Bunyodkor scoring a consolation.
The reigning Indian Women’s League champions ended their campaign with a third place finish ahead of Bunyodkor on head-to-head.