Preview: IR Iran's flair set to be tested by steely Kazakhstan in FIFA Futsal World Cup quarter-final
Kaunas: Islamic Republic of Iran will face their toughest test yet when they play Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 at the Kaunas Arena on Monday.
In what promises to be a thrilling encounter, Kazakh fans will be hoping that the quarter-final is decided in normal time, as Team Melli won two penalty shootouts and another match after extra-time at the last Futsal World Cup.
On the other hand, Iran might want to avoid another open encounter like their Round of 16 epic against Uzbekistan, as scoring against Kazakhstan and their formidable goalkeeper Higuita, aided by defensive stalwart Douglas, has proven extremely difficult in Lithuania 2021.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group B: Tajikistan firmly in the race with win over Maldives
Dushanbe: Group hosts Tajikistan put themselves in contention for a place at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 Finals with a commanding 4-0 win over the Maldives at Central Republican Stadium on Sunday.
The result means Tajikistan will qualify for their first ever continental Finals if they win Wednesday’s group decider against Vietnam, who registered a 16-0 win in their outing against the Maldives on Thursday.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group H: Thailand beat Palestine to seal qualification in style
West Bank: Thailand qualified for their 17th AFC Women's Asian Cup Finals with an emphatic 7-0 win over Palestine on Saturday.
Victory meant the Southeast Asian side finished top of Group H, having defeated Malaysia in their opening match with qualification meaning Thailand are very much in the race to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group G: IR Iran defeat Jordan on penalties to book historic Finals ticket
Tashkent: Islam Republic of Iran pulled off a stunning upset to qualify for their first ever AFC Women’s Asian Cup, defeating Jordan 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw at Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
Maryam Irandoost’s side defied history and their world ranking of 72 to secure their place for India 2022 in dramatic fashion, ending a heartbroken Jordan outfit’s bid for a third successive appearance at the Finals.
The result, a milestone for Iranian women’s football, also keeps them alive in the race for a spot in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group F: Philippines edge Hong Kong to confirm Finals appearance
Tashkent: The Philippines secured their place at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, topping qualifying Group E with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Hong Kong at the JAR Stadium on Friday.
A second goal in as many matches from Tahnai Annis put the Malditas on course for the Finals, but a stunning Chung Pui Ki free-kick gave Hong Kong hope before Chandler McDaniel ensured the Philippines will be among the 12 teams who compete in January’s Finals with a late winner.
The win also keeps the Philippines’s hopes of a first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance alive, with the top six teams at India 2022 to directly qualify for the 2023 global Finals in Australia and New Zealand.