Line-up for AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round unveiled
Kuala Lumpur: With two years to go to Asia’s flagship men’s national team tournament, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed the 22 out of 24 teams who have advanced to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round.
Following the conclusion of the Preliminary Joint Qualifiers Round 2, 13 participating teams, including AFC Asian Cup 2023 host China PR and FIFA World Cup 2022 host and reigning Asian champions Qatar have sealed their places for the Continental showpiece, which is scheduled to take place from June 16 to July 16, 2023.
AFC President congratulates Asian teams and hails centralised hosts
Kuala Lumpur: Following the conclusion of the Asian Qualifiers Preliminary Round 2 matches on Tuesday, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated the Asian teams on securing their places in the final round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar as well as the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
With 2022 FIFA World Cup host and current Asian champions Qatar clinching their spot as Group E winners, seven other group winners Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates as well as the five best second-placed teams – China PR, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman and Vietnam – have all moved one step closer towards qualifying for the global showpiece.
Australia's Arnold praises players after Asian Qualifiers masterclass
Kuwait City: Head coach Graham Arnold didn't hold back in praising his players after Australia completed Group B of their Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 campaign with a 1-0 win Jordan on Tuesday.
Having already sealed their final place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar 2022 and their berth in the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 ahead of the match, Australia made it eight wins out of eight under extreme conditions at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium with Harry Souttar scoring his sixth goal in five matches to hand Australia the win.
The result meant Australia cruised into the third stage of qualifying with an unblemished record and an eighth-straight win in a single campaign for the first time.
Ivankovic overjoyed as Oman achieve Asian Qualifiers target
Doha: Branko Ivankovic was a happy man after Oman reached the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Tuesday.
The West Asian side had secured their place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup prior to their final Group E match against Bangladesh, which Oman won 3-0 to finish second behind Qatar on 18 points.
The impressive haul saw head coach Ivankovic's side earn one of the best five runners-up spots available to the final round plus also seal qualification to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Li Tie thanks Lippi after China PR advance to final round of Asian Qualifiers
Sharjah: Li Tie paid tribute to former head coach Marcello Lippi and hailed his players’ mental strength as China PR secured their place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Tuesday.
Goals from Zhang Xizhe, Wu Lei and Zhang Yuning earned Li’s side a 3-1 win over Nabil Maaloul’s Group A winners to claim one of the best runners-up berths available in the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar for next year’s Finals.
Moriyasu satisfied after Japan round off Asian Qualifiers with win over Kyrgyz Republic
Osaka: Head coach Hajime Moriyasu has said his Japan side did well in difficult circumstances in recent weeks after the Samurai Blue brought their Asian Qualifiers Group F campaign to a close with a 5-1 win over Kyrgyz Republic on Tuesday.
The victory completed a perfect eight wins from eight in the second round of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers as Japan breezed into the final round with minimal fuss while also confirming their place at the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 with two games to spare.
A six-minute, first-half hat-trick from Ado Onaiwu at Panasonic Stadium Suita had Japan 3-1 up at the interval against Kyrgyz Republic before Sho Sasaki and Takuma Asano wrapped up a resounding victory that took the East Asians to 46 goals in just eight matches.