New faces star as Kyrgyz Republic win Three Nations Cup
Bishkek: Kyrgyz Republic made the most of their first home internationals since 2019, defeating Palestine and Bangladesh to win the inaugural Three Nations Cup friendly tournament.
A new-look Akshumkar squad delivered in front of two large and boisterous home crowds, with a 1-0 opening night win over Palestine followed by a convincing 4-1 victory over Bangladesh on Tuesday.
Palestine finished second by virtue of a Matchday Two victory over Bangladesh, with all three teams using the tournament to prepare for the final stage of qualification for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: IR Iran's Skočić hails well-deserved victory, Iraq's Advocaat bemoans defensive gaps
Doha: Islamic Republic of Iran head coach Dragan Skočić credited his side’s ability to manage the game for their 3-0 victory against neighbours Iraq on Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Group A.
Team Melli ended the first window of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar with full marks, having beaten Syria 1-0 at Azadi Stadium on Thursday before adding a second victory on Tuesday, keeping clean sheets across both games to top the group at this early stage of the campaign.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh opened the scoring for IR Iran inside three minutes, heading home Mehdi Taremi's pinpoint cross from the left. Taremi turned from provider to scorer in the second half, adding his side's second before substitute Ali Gholizadeh rounded off the scoring late on.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Bento rues Korea Republic's lack of efficiency, Hasek praises Lebanon's fighting spirit
Suwon: Paulo Bento believes more work is needed on his side's attacking game after Korea Republic spurned numerous chances in their slim 1-0 win over Lebanon in their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Group A clash at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Tuesday.
Substitute Kwon Chang-hoon scored the tie's only goal on the hour, just two minutes after coming on, to earn the home side their first win of the Group A campaign at the rain-soaked venue in Suwon city.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Stalemate leaves Syria's Mahrous, UAE's Van Marwijk with mixed feelings
Amman: Syria head coach Nizar Mahrous rued missed chances as his side played out a 1-1 draw against the UAE at King Abdullah II Stadium on Tuesday in Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Group A.
Ali Mabkhout latched onto a long pass from centre-back Shahin Abdulrahman, seizing on a mistake from Syrian goalkeeper Ibrahim Alma to sweep home the UAE’s opener.
Creator of the UAE goal Abdulrahman turned culprit as he failed to clear Mahmood Al Mawas’ cross from the right flank, allowing substitute Mahmood Al Baher to drill home the equaliser.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Arnold proud of Socceroos, Park lauds Vietnam players
Hanoi: Australia head coach Graham Arnold hailed the efforts of his side after the Socceroos claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vietnam on Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Group B on Tuesday.
Having beaten China PR 3-0 in their opening game last Thursday, Australia were looking to continue their perfect start as they bid to reach a fifth successive FIFA World Cup.
And in humid conditions at My Dinh Stadium they did just that as Rhyan Grant's header just minutes before half-time proved the difference between the sides to ensure the Socceroos remain in pole position in Group B.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Saudi Arabia’s experience key in win over Oman, says Renard
Muscat: Saudi Arabia head coach Herve Renard praised his side’s mentality after they secured a second consecutive win in their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Group B campaign.
A terrific first half goal by Saleh Al Shehri was enough for the Saudis to register 1-0 victory against Oman at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Thursday, taking them level with Australia at the top of the group with six points apiece.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Japan's Yoshida frustrated despite victory over China PR
Doha: Japan captain Maya Yoshida was left frustrated by his team’s performance despite helping the Samurai Blue pick up their first win in Group B of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar with a 1-0 victory over China PR in Doha on Tuesday.
Yuya Osako’s goal late in the first half was enough for Hajime Moriyasu’s side to return to winning ways after a surprise single-goal defeat at the hands of Oman in their opening game in Osaka last week.
The margin of Japan’s victory was slim despite outplaying Li Tie’s team for large portions of the game, and the inability to win by a larger margin left Yoshida focusing on his side’s shortcomings.