Saudi Arabia's Renard can't wait for Qatar semi-final
Doha: Head coach Herve Renard is relishing Saudi Arabia's 2019 Gulf Cup encounter against Qatar on Thursday, describing it as a meeting between "two big teams."
Both sides overcame difficult starts to advance to the semi-finals, with Saudi Arabia suffering a 3-1 defeat to Iraq and Qatar losing 2-1 to Iraq.
Qatar bounced back with wins over Yemen (6-0) and United Arab Emirates (4-2) to as Group A runners-up while Saudi Arabia topped Group B after defeating Bahrain (2-0) and defending champions Oman (3-1).
Group A: Qatar beat UAE to seal semis spot, Iraq finish top
Doha: Akram Afif celebrated being named the 2019 AFC Player of the Year by scoring twice as Qatar defeated United Arab Emirates 4-2 to seal a place in the semi-finals of the Gulf Cup.
Qatar, however, finished second in Group A after Iraq drew 0-0 with Yemen to secure top spot on seven points. Qatar collected six points from their wins over Yemen and UAE, having lost 2-1 to Iraq in their opener.
Qatar will play Group B winners Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals on Thursday while Iraq will face Bahrain.
FIFA World Ranking: DPR Korea, Yemen, Singapore and Nepal move up
Kuala Lumpur: DPR Korea, Yemen, Singapore and Nepal - thanks to good results in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 - are the biggest movers in the latest FIFA World Ranking.
DPR Korea, who defeated Lebanon and Sri Lanka in the Asian Qualifiers, jumped five places to 113th in the world in the FIFA Ranking released on Thursday..
Yemen (137th), Singapore (157th) and Nepal (161st) also improved their respective rankings by five spots.
Bahrain (105), Tajikistan (115) and Mongolia (183) each moved up four spots.
Road to Qatar 2022 & China 2023: Five Talking Points
Kuala Lumpur: After six rounds of matches, the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 are done and dusted for 2019.
Qualifying action for the two premier competitions will resume on March 26 as the players - depending on where they play their club football - either return to their teams or get some much needed break.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at five talking points at this stage of a thrilling Asian Qualifiers.