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.
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.
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: Arnold proud of Socceroos, Park lauds Vietnam players
Hanoi: Australia head coach Graham Arnold hailed the efforts of his side after the Socceroos claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vietnam on Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Group B on Tuesday.
Having beaten China PR 3-0 in their opening game last Thursday, Australia were looking to continue their perfect start as they bid to reach a fifth successive FIFA World Cup.
And in humid conditions at My Dinh Stadium they did just that as Rhyan Grant's header just minutes before half-time proved the difference between the sides to ensure the Socceroos remain in pole position in Group B.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Saudi Arabia’s experience key in win over Oman, says Renard
Muscat: Saudi Arabia head coach Herve Renard praised his side’s mentality after they secured a second consecutive win in their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Group B campaign.
A terrific first half goal by Saleh Al Shehri was enough for the Saudis to register 1-0 victory against Oman at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Thursday, taking them level with Australia at the top of the group with six points apiece.
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.