Dushanbe: Vietnam became the 10th team to confirm their place at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, cruising to the continental Finals with a 7-0 win over Group B hosts Tajikistan on Wednesday.
Needing a draw or better to qualify as group winners, Mai Duc Chung’s side were too slick and too experienced for Tajikistan, with Pham Hai Yen and Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy scoring two goals apiece.
In addition to booking their place at India 2022, the result keeps Vietnam’s bid for a maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification alive, while Tajikistan’s dream of a first ever trip to the continental Finals was extinguished.
Taremi, Tomiyasu, Son and Kerr: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Dashing debuts, derby delight and goals of the highest order were on the menu as Asia’s top players outside the continent flew the flag high.
This week’s action brought sensational goals in Portugal and France, two of East Asia’s biggest stars faced off in London, while two Australians made superb first impressions in Britain. Based on matches played from September 22 to 29, study our list of contenders, and don’t forget to register your vote.
AO Tanaka included in Japan's squad for AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar challenge
Tokyo: Midfielder Ao Tanaka has been recalled to the Japan squad for next month’s meetings with Saudi Arabia and Japan in the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar.
The former Kawasaki Frontale player was a key member of Japan’s Olympic team as Hajime Moriyasu led the country to the semi-finals of the tournament on home soil, but he was not selected for the Asian Qualifiers' ties against Oman and China PR last month.
The Japanese lost their opening game against the Omanis before handing Li Tie’s team a 1-0 defeat in Doha to sit in fourth place in Group B with three points from their first two matches.
Hong Kong: Two-time AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou FC have parted company with head coach Fabio Cannavaro by mutual consent, the Chinese Super League outfit announced on Tuesday.
The Italian, who was in his second stint with the club, had been due to return to Guangzhou last Thursday having led his squad through the first phase of the Chinese Super League campaign earlier in the year.
His failure to arrive in China as scheduled sparked media speculation he was leaving the club almost four years after joining Guangzhou for a second time following an initial seven-month spell from November 2014 to June 2015.