Late Son strike seals Korea Republic win over Syria
Ansan City: Son Heung-min's goal with just a minute to play helped Korea Republic defeat Syria 2-1 in dramatic fashion in Group A of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar at Ansan Wa Stadium on Thursday.
Korea dominated the first half but failed to capitalise on their superiority, with Hwang Hee-chan guilty of wasting three glorious opportunities, before the East Asians did go in front shortly after the interval through Hwang In-beom’s long-range strike.
But the West Asians fought back strongly and levelled proceedings with just six minutes to go when Khribin struck an unstoppable effort into the back of the net, only for Son to break Syrian hearts by striking the winner just minutes later.
Doha: Iraq and Lebanon played out a 0-0 draw at the Khalifa International Stadium on Matchday Three of Group A of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar.
With both sides having not won either of their first two games, they needed a victory to make up for lost ground but a combination of superb goalkeeping and lack of clinical finishing meant they each had to settle for a point.
Indonesia defeat Chinese Taipei to close in on place in final round of Qualifiers
Buriram: Indonesia moved a step closer in their bid to advance to the final round of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifiers with a 2-1 win over Chinese Taipei in the first leg of their playoff at the Buriram Stadium on Thursday.
Avoiding defeat in Monday’s return leg will seal the Southeast Asian side a place in the final round of the Qualifiers but Chinese Taipei, who pulled one back right at the end, will be equally hopeful of advancing.