Qatar 2022 Watch: IR Iran mark Queiroz's return with victory over Uruguay
Vienna: Mehdi Taremi came off the bench to ensure Carlos Queiroz’s return to the helm of the Islamic Republic of Iran national team started with a win on Friday as the Porto striker hit the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over fellow FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers Uruguay in Vienna.
FC Porto striker Taremi replaced Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the 69th minute and nine minutes later capped a fine flowing move to score the winner in a game largely dominated by the South Americans.
Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand had made several saves to keep the scores level before his substitution in the 62nd minute as Team Melli stepped up their preparations for November’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Qatar 2022 Watch: Japan turn on the style against USA
Dusseldorf: Daichi Kamada’s first half strike sent Japan on their way to a 2-0 win over the United States in Dusseldorf on Friday while Kaoru Mitoma came off the bench to add a late second as Hajime Moriyasu’s side continued their preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Finals.
Kamada’s 24th minute opener was initially ruled offside by the on-field officials but was reinstated by VAR to set the Samurai Blue up for a deserved win despite being frustrated by a defiant performance by United States goalkeeper Matt Turner.
Turner had kept the Japanese at bay throughout the second half until Mitoma scored two minutes from time, when the winger drove through the American defence before placing a low shot beyond the Arsenal custodian.
Qatar 2022 Watch: Son to Korea Republic's rescue against Costa Rica
Goyang: Son Heung-min scored a late free-kick to earn Korea Republic a 2-2 draw with fellow FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers Costa Rica as Paulo Bento’s side continued their preparations in Goyang on Friday.
Son’s strike from the edge of the penalty area came four minutes from time after Costa Rican goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado had been sent off for handling the ball outside the penalty area.
The Koreans had taken the lead in the first half through Hwang Hee-chan but goals in each half from Jewison Bennette looked set to take the Costa Ricans to victory until the Tottenham Hotspur forward intervened.
Qatar 2022 Watch: Mabil goal steers Australia past New Zealand
Brisbane: Awer Mabil struck from distance to earn Australia a 1-0 win over New Zealand in Brisbane on Thursday to stake his claim to a place in the Socceroos’ starting line-up when Graham Arnold’s side feature at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Finals.
Mabil beat Oli Sail from distance in the 32nd minute with the only goal of a game that marked the 100th anniversary of Australia’s first-ever international and was the Socceroos last on home soil before travelling to Qatar in November.
Kuwait City: The AFC Futsal Asian Cup™ Kuwait 2022 kicks off on September 27 with 16 teams aiming to lift the title.
The action promises to be thrilling with the tournament, previously known as the AFC Futsal Championship, making a return after a four-year hiatus following the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join the-AFC.com as we preview a tough looking Group A that has Kuwait, Iraq, Thailand and debutants Oman.
Kuwait City: As excitement builds for the AFC Futsal Asian Cup™ Kuwait 2022, the-AFC.com takes a look at Group B featuring Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Bahrain and Tajikistan.
Four-time runners-up Uzbekistan will fancy their chances of advancing to the knockout stage but will do well to tread with caution in a group that has familiar Central Asian rivals Turkmenistan and Tajikistan as well as a Bahrain side aiming to impress.