Inter-Confederation Playoff - Preview: Australia v Peru
Doha: Australia head coach Graham Arnold believes the Socceroos are capable of surprising Peru when the two teams lock horns in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Inter-Confederation Playoff at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Monday.
The two sides were pitted together in Group C of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 and Peru emerged 2-0 winners thanks to a first-half volley from current Al Hilal SFC winger Andre Carrillo and iconic forward Paolo Guerrero, who misses out on the squad for Monday’s game through injury.
But Arnold, who took over the Socceroos job from Bert van Marwijk after the Peru defeat which ended their FIFA World Cup campaign at the group stage, believes his charges are now a more youthful and technically capable side than four years earlier.
Jordan's Hamad praises ASEAN football progress after hard-fought Indonesia tie
Kuwait City: Jordan head coach Adnan Hamad praised the progress of ASEAN football after his side laboured to a 1-0 victory against Indonesia on Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 Qualifiers Final Round Group A on Saturday.
Yazan Al Naimat’s close-range finish was the difference at the final whistle in Jaber Al Ahmad Stadium with Indonesia having defended resiliently to keep their opponents at bay before their defences were penetrated five minutes into the second half.
Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan promise to give it all in showdown
Bishkek: Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan will leave no stone unturned ahead of their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Matchday Three clash after both registered their second successive wins in Group F on Saturday.
Tajikistan defeated Singapore 1-0 to lead the standings on goal difference with Kyrgyz Republic beating Myanmar 2-0.
Thailand’s Polking relishing Uzbekistan test after Sri Lanka victory
Namangan: Thailand and Uzbekistan are braced for a final day showdown after registering their second consecutive victories in their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group C campaigns on Saturday.
Thailand defeated Sri Lanka 2-0, while hosts Uzbekistan flexed their muscles, firing four unanswered goals past Maldives at the Markaziy Stadium.
With six points from two matches, the teams will battle for top spot on Matchday Three.
‘We’re still alive’, insists Dooley after late Philippines drama
Ulaanbaatar: Philippines head coach Thomas Dooley has said his side are still alive in the battle for AFC Asian Cup 2023™ qualification after the Azkals secured a last-gasp 1-0 win over Mongolia at MFF Stadium on Saturday.
Having played out a scoreless draw in their opening game against Yemen on Wednesday, the Southeast Asians looked to be heading towards the same result against the Mongolians after Patrick Reichelt saw his 77th-minute penalty saved by Munkh-Erdene Enkhtaivan, only for debutant Gerrit Holtmann to score a 93rd-minute winner and seal the win for Philippines.
The victory moved Philippines to four points from two games and leaves them in second place in Group B ahead of their final game against table-toppers Palestine – who beat Yemen 5-0 – on Tuesday, when a win would see Dooley’s team advance to the continental competition as group winners.