Kuala Lumpur: Bahrain were the star performers as Matchday Four of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 came to a close on Tuesday.
Helio Sousa's side stunned Asia's top ranked team Islamic Republic of Iran 1-0 in a gripping Group C tie while Palestine also walked tall after holding three-time AFC Asian Cup winners Saudi Arabia to a goalless draw in Group D.
The historic clash between DPR Korea and Korea Republic, meanwhile, also ended 0-0 in Pyongyang.
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Uzbekistan to host regional rivals Kyrgyz Republic in friendly
Tashkent: Uzbekistan will host Kyrgyz Republic in an international friendly on November 9 as both sides prepare for crucial FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers matches.
Vadim Abramov’s White Wolves will face the Akshumkar at Tashkent’s Pakhtakor Stadium in the first meeting between the Central Asian neighbours since 2017.
Both sides will use the friendly to prepare for pivotal home matches in the days to follow, with Uzbekistan to host Saudi Arabia on November 14 before meeting Palestine five days later, while Alexander Krestinin’s Kyrgyz Republic are to set to entertain Japan and Tajikistan in Bishkek.
Kuala Lumpur: If Matchday Three of the Asian Qualifiers was about goalscoring heroes, Matchday Four had upsets, shut-outs, strikers who just can't stop finding the back of the net and more.
As the players head back to their clubs and the national team head coaches start planning for the November International Window - when two more Matchdays will be held - the-AFC.com picks five takeways from Tuesday.
Dubai: Syria head coach Fajr Ibrahim said his side secured three important points following their 4-0 win against Guam in Group A of the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday.
Omar Al Soma scored a hat-trick before Mahmoud Al Mawas added a fourth goal as Syria registered their third win in as many matches in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers to top the group with nine points.