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 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.
Tashkent: Head coach Timur Kapadze is fully aware of what is stake when the hosts face Japan in the semi-finals of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Wednesday.
The match at the Bunyodkor Stadium will be a repeat of the 2018 quarter-final with Uzbekistan defeating Japan 4-0 en route to winning the title.
Japan’s Class of 2022, however, are at a different level - as shown in their impressive 3-0 win over defending champions Korea Republic in the quarter-finals and Kapadze knows his team, who edged Iraq on penalties to advance, are in for another massive challenge.
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.
History beckons as record six Asian teams qualify for the global showpiece
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Australia for becoming the record sixth AFC side to secure their place at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after the Socceroos successfully navigated past Peru 5-4 on penalties as both sides played to a goalless draw after 120 minutes in a riveting FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Playoff on Monday.
AFC President Shaikh Salman said: “On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Australia for qualifying to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.