Tashkent: Kuwait took a positive step forward in their AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022 qualifying campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bangladesh at the Jar Stadium on Wednesday.
Yousef Alrasheedi scored the only goal of the game with a delightful lob to give Kuwait the three points.
The result means Kuwait lead the standings with a crunch match up next against Saudi Arabia on Saturday, with the 2020 runners-up having played to a 2-2 draw with Uzbekistan - who are playing in the qualifiers for exposure ahead of hosting the tournament next year.
Qualifiers - Group D: Uzbekistan fight back to hold Saudi Arabia
Tashkent: Uzbekistan twice came back from a goal down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia in their opening Group D tie of the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2020 Qualifiers on Wednesday.
Twice Saudi Arabia led, only to be pegged back by a gritty Uzbekistan in a pulsating tie which doesn't harm the West Asian side's chances as the 2022 tournament hosts are playing in the Qualifiers for exposure.
Saudi Arabia's real test comes on Saturday when they play Kuwait, who defeated Bangladesh 1-0 in their opening tie on Wednesday.
Qualifiers - Group I: Vietnam edge gritty Chinese Taipei
Bishkek: Vietnam emerged from a challenging opening AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2020 qualifying match with maximum points after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei at Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Wednesday.
The 2018 champions controlled much of the game, but it took until the 82nd minute for Le Van Xuan to provide the decisive goal, sending Park Hang-seo’s charges to the top of the three-team Group I after one Matchday.
Kuala Lumpur: The stage is set for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 draw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
With the tournament expanded to 12 teams, the sides will be drawn into three groups for the Continental showpiece on January 20-February 6.
India qualified as hosts while Japan, Australia and China PR earned automatic spots based on their 2018 finishes. Eight teams advanced from the qualifiers. Join the-AFC.com as we look at the facts and stats of the 12 teams.
Hwang, Kyogo and four Iranian stars: Vote for AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Some of Asia’s top players outside of the continent were at their brilliant best this week, lighting up league and continental competitions alike.
Team Melli’s European-based stars were unstoppable, with Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun both piling on the goals for their respective clubs, while Hwang Hee-chan and Kyogo Furuhashi continued their stunning early days in British football.
But who was Asia’s best player outside of the continent for the week just passed?
Study our list of contenders – based on performances from October 19 to 25 – and don’t forget to cast your vote.