Qualifiers Final Round Group B: Yemen 0-2 Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar: A Ganbayar Ganbold brace helped Mongolia round off their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round campaign with a well-deserved 2-0 win over Yemen at the MFF Stadium on Tuesday that saw the East Asians leapfrog their opponents to finish third in Group B.
Back-to-back losses had ended hosts Mongolia’s chances of reaching the AFC Asian Cup Finals before the Matchday Three encounter but they opened the scoring inside 10 minutes through Ganbayar and then doubled their advantage when their Europe-based star again found the back of the net early in the second half.
Yemen pushed to get back into the game but were met with stubborn Mongolian resistance as the West Asians' second successive defeat ended their chances of finishing second in the standings and remaining in the hunt for a place at the continental competition.
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.
Stay updated on the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round through the AFC's digital platforms.
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.
Dancing goalkeeper Redmayne sends Australia to FIFA World Cup
Doha: Australia on Tuesday celebrated the antics of dancing goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne whose penalty shootout save against Peru saw them to a fifth straight FIFA World Cup Finals.
The 33-year-old clowned his way along the goal line as Peru's players prepared to take their penalty kicks and his block of Alex Valera's shot gave Australia a 5-4 win after the two sides had been deadlocked without a goal for 120 minutes.
Australia coach Graham Arnold brought Redmayne on for team captain Mathew Ryan for the final minutes of extra time as a ploy for the shootout.
Hrustic glad to have played part in Socceroos' qualification
Doha: Australia forward Ajdin Hrustic reveled in his country’s fifth consecutive qualification to the FIFA World Cup after the Socceroos defeated Peru in the Inter-Confederation Play-off to become the sixth Asian team to reach Qatar 2022.
Hrustic and company needed 120 minutes and some heroic goalkeeping from Andrew Redmayne who was brought on by head coach Graham Arnold to replace Mat Ryan in the 120th minute and rewarded his manager by saving Alex Valera’s penalty to send Australia into the FIFA World Cup.