Saida: United Arab Emirates gave their AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar campaign a much-needed shot in the arm, defeating Lebanon 1-0 thanks to a late Ali Mabkhout penalty on Tuesday.
Lebanon had the edge in terms of chances but couldn’t make any of them count before the UAE’s prolific front man converted from 12 yards in the 85th minute at an empty Saida Municipal Stadium.
The result ends a five-match winless run for Bert van Marwijk’s side and temporarily lifts them above Lebanon and third in Group A, keeping their chances for a playoff spot very much alive with four matches remaining.
Group B: Saudi Arabia defeat Vietnam to edge closer to Qatar 2022
Hanoi: Saudi Arabia will go into 2022 on top of Group B after a 1-0 victory over Vietnam at My Dinh Stadium on Tuesday made it five wins from six games in their AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar campaign.
Saleh Al Shehri broke the deadlock on the half hour with his third of the campaign with what proved the only goal of the game as the Green Falcons made it two wins from two against Park Hang-seo's Vietnam.
The result means Herve Renard's Saudi Arabia will finish the year at least three points clear at the top of the standings as they bid to reach the FIFA World Cup for the sixth time.
Preview - Group A: Syria in the way as IR Iran pursue another triumph
Amman: Group A leaders Islamic Republic of Iran will aim to cement their position in the summer when they take on bottom-placed side Syria at King Abdullah II on Matchday Six of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar on Tuesday.
Having been so evenly matched in the 2018 qualifiers, drawing both their games, the two sides have had contrasting fortunes this time around.
Preview - Group A: Korea Republic wary as Iraq seek first win
Doha: Korea Republic will look to extend their unbeaten run to six matches when they take on an Iraq side chasing their first win on Matchday Six of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar as the business end of the campaign begins with the two teams in the midst of contrasting fortunes.
The Taeguk Warriors are in second place after three wins and two draws and have a six-point cushion over Lebanon in third but trail leaders the Islamic Republic of Iran by two, while Iraq sit in fourth place after four draws and a loss, and are still battling hard to finish at least in third place, the playoff spot.
Preview - Group B: Yoshida rallies Japan ahead of Oman rematch
Muscat: Hidemasa Morita will miss Japan’s meeting with Oman in Muscat on Tuesday in Group B of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatarwith the Portugal-based midfielder ruled out due to suspension.
Morita started Japan’s matches against Australia and Vietnam, both of which ended in victory as Hajime Moriyasu’s side have pulled themselves back into contention for a top two finish in Group B and one of the automatic berths at Qatar 2022.
Preview - Group B: Australia bid return to victorious ways as China PR loom
Sharjah: Second-placed Australia will be eager to get back to winning ways when they face China PR in a crucial AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers – Road to Qatar meeting on Tuesday.
The Socceroos looked a class above when they beat them 3-0 in Doha in September, and had established a six-point gap over Li Tie’s side at the end of Matchday Two, but both sides have earned an identical four points from their last three matches in an increasingly competitive Group B.