AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: IR Iran's Skočić hails well-deserved victory, Iraq's Advocaat bemoans defensive gaps
Doha: Islamic Republic of Iran head coach Dragan Skočić credited his side’s ability to manage the game for their 3-0 victory against neighbours Iraq on Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Group A.
Team Melli ended the first window of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar with full marks, having beaten Syria 1-0 at Azadi Stadium on Thursday before adding a second victory on Tuesday, keeping clean sheets across both games to top the group at this early stage of the campaign.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh opened the scoring for IR Iran inside three minutes, heading home Mehdi Taremi's pinpoint cross from the left. Taremi turned from provider to scorer in the second half, adding his side's second before substitute Ali Gholizadeh rounded off the scoring late on.
Five Takeaways from the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Matchday Two
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar continued on Tuesday with six matches across the two groups to conclude the first window of games and there was plenty of action to dissect.
Islamic Republic of Iran go into the next window in October as Group A leaders, two points ahead of Korea Republic, while it is neck and neck in Group B with both Australia and Saudi Arabia getting off to a perfect start to lead with six points each. the-AFC.com reflects on some of the key takeaways from Tuesday’s action.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar - Analysis: Chances galore, stubborn defences and Oman's emergence
Kuala Lumpur: The first two rounds of fixtures in the final round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar campaign have now been completed as the continent's best teams battle it out for a place at next year's global showpiece
As fans of Asian football now look ahead to the next set of international games in October, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on some of the standout statistics from an intriguing opening to the two groups.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Bento rues Korea Republic's lack of efficiency, Hasek praises Lebanon's fighting spirit
Suwon: Paulo Bento believes more work is needed on his side's attacking game after Korea Republic spurned numerous chances in their slim 1-0 win over Lebanon in their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Group A clash at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Tuesday.
Substitute Kwon Chang-hoon scored the tie's only goal on the hour, just two minutes after coming on, to earn the home side their first win of the Group A campaign at the rain-soaked venue in Suwon city.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Stalemate leaves Syria's Mahrous, UAE's Van Marwijk with mixed feelings
Amman: Syria head coach Nizar Mahrous rued missed chances as his side played out a 1-1 draw against the UAE at King Abdullah II Stadium on Tuesday in Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Group A.
Ali Mabkhout latched onto a long pass from centre-back Shahin Abdulrahman, seizing on a mistake from Syrian goalkeeper Ibrahim Alma to sweep home the UAE’s opener.
Creator of the UAE goal Abdulrahman turned culprit as he failed to clear Mahmood Al Mawas’ cross from the right flank, allowing substitute Mahmood Al Baher to drill home the equaliser.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Japan's Yoshida frustrated despite victory over China PR
Doha: Japan captain Maya Yoshida was left frustrated by his team’s performance despite helping the Samurai Blue pick up their first win in Group B of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar with a 1-0 victory over China PR in Doha on Tuesday.
Yuya Osako’s goal late in the first half was enough for Hajime Moriyasu’s side to return to winning ways after a surprise single-goal defeat at the hands of Oman in their opening game in Osaka last week.
The margin of Japan’s victory was slim despite outplaying Li Tie’s team for large portions of the game, and the inability to win by a larger margin left Yoshida focusing on his side’s shortcomings.