Kuwait City: Jordan confirmed their place at the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ as Group A winners with a 3-0 victory over group hosts Kuwait on Tuesday, sending their opponents crashing to continue their absence for the second edition running.
The result means Jordan qualify for the AFC Asian Cup for the fourth time in a row while Kuwait, champions in 1980, miss out on two consecutive editions for the first time in their history, having previously only failed to qualify in 1992, 2007 and 2019.
AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round - MD3 Results & Reports
Kuala Lumpur: The cast for the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ will be finalised on Tuesday. While some teams' hopes have already been dashed, most remain in contention in the six AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round groups.
The six group winners and five best runners-up will join the 13 teams who have already qualified for the Finals.
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Qualifiers Final Round Group B: Palestine 4-0 Philippines
Ulaabaatar: Palestine claimed top spot in Group B with a perfect record and a ticket to their third consecutive AFC Asian Cup™ after their 4-0 win over Philippines on Matchday Three of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round at MFF Stadium on Tuesday.
A pair of headers from Saleh Chihadeh and Tamer Seyam gave the Azkals a mountain to climb at the break before Mohammed Yamin added a third from a corner and Mahmoud Abuwarda fired in the team’s fourth to settle matters.
The result sees Palestine once again defeat the Philippines to qualify for the continent’s premier national team competition, having first done so by defeating the Southeast Asians at the final of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.
Qualifiers Final Round Group C: Uzbekistan 2-0 Thailand
Namangan: Uzbekistan secured their place in the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ as Group C winners of the Qualifiers with a 2-0 win against Thailand on Tuesday.
Jaloliddin Masharipov opened the scoring for Uzbekistan with Azizbek Turgunbayev sealing the win, which meant Uzbekistan topped the group with a maximum nine points, while Thailand - with two victories - also advanced as one of the five best runners-up.
Qualifiers Final Round Group D: India 4-0 Hong Kong
Kolkata: India celebrated their qualification for the Finals of the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 on Tuesday by handing Hong Kong a 4-0 defeat at Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium that ensured Igor Stimac’s side finished on top of the standings in Group D.
The win sees India complete the Qualifiers with a perfect record after earlier wins over Afghanistan and Cambodia, while Hong Kong have also secured their place at next year’s Finals after claiming one of the five best runners-up spots with their six-point haul.
A goal at either end of the first half put the Indians on their way to victory as Stimac’s side made sure of top spot in the group against a Hong Kong side that was celebrating qualification for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time since 1968.
Qualifiers Final Round Group E: Malaysia 4-1 Bangladesh
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia booked their place in the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ after unleashing their attacking prowess against Bangladesh in a 4-1 win in their final Qualifiers Group E match at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.
The result saw them cement their second place finish in the group to return to the AFC Asian Cup for the first time since co-hosting in 2007, while Bangladesh remained bottom on no points as Kim Pan-goon’s Malaysia did enough to ensure they will finish as one of the five best runners-up to advance.
Qualifiers Final Round Group F: Kyrgyz Republic 0-0 Tajikistan
Bishkek: Tajikistan qualified for their first ever AFC Asian Cup™, while Kyrgyz Republic secured a return to the continental Finals as the two sides played out a goalless draw in the Final Round Qualifiers Group F finale on Tuesday.
Results elsewhere on Tuesday meant both sides had done enough to qualify even before a ball was kicked at Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, but they nonetheless showed a fierce desire to earn bragging rights over their regional rivals.
While Kyrgyz Republic had the better of the chances, it was a night to cherish for Tajikistan who had been trying to reach Asia’s biggest national event since 1996, and finally succeeded as group winners in Bishkek.
With seven points apiece, it was goal difference that separated the Central Asian duo, with Tajikistan edging out their Kyrgyz rivals, just as they had done in Qatar 2022 qualifying.