AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Tomiyasu eager to help Japan get back on track
Doha: Takehiro Tomiyasu has vowed to play his part as Japan attempt to rebound from their opening AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar defeat against Oman.
Heavy favourites going into Thursday's match on home soil, an 88th minute goal by Issam Al Sabhi secured Oman a famous win in their Group B tie at the Suita Stadium.
Japan, seeking to qualify for a seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals, have the chance to quickly rebound when they play China PR in Doha on Tuesday and Tomiyasu is eager to be part of the action at the Khalifa International Stadium.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Brankovic hails Oman discipline, Yoshida laments Japan's lack of intensity
Osaka: Branko Ivankovic praised his players’ discipline after the Croatian coach steered Oman to a surprise 1-0 win over Japan in their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Group B clash at the Suita Stadium on Thursday.
Issam Al Sabhi scored with only two minutes remaining to earn the West Asians a famous victory as Ivankovic’s side went toe-to-toe with the six-time FIFA World Cup qualifiers in rain-soaked Osaka.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Five Takeaways from Matchday One
Kuala Lumpur: As the Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar got underway on Thursday with six matches, there were upsets, debuts and managerial decisions to contemplate as the continent was gripped by international football fever.
With teams preparing to go again on Matchday Two a few days later, the-AFC.com looks at five takeaways from the opening round of matches.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Arnold pleased by sizzling Australia, China PR’s Li looks ahead
Doha: Australia boss Graham Arnold couldn’t hide his joy after watching his side surge to an emphatic 3-0 win over China PR in their AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar clash at Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday.
Tested by an energetic Chinese side in the early stages, Australia went ahead through winger Awer Mabil in the 26th minute and never looked back, with Martin Boyle adding a second just two minutes later but before substitute Mitch Duke rounded out a comprehensive win with a third goal after half-time.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Head Coach
Kuala Lumpur: As football lovers across Asia look forward to the return of the 2021 AFC Champions League, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
Wongkaeo: Thailand have a real chance of making FIFA Futsal World Cup history
Bangkok: Thailand captain Kritsada Wongkaeo seems to be a key figure whenever his nation is reaching new futsal milestones. Nine years back, he figured prominently scoring twice for the hosts at the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand™ where his side stormed into the Round of 16 for the first time.
Four years later, the dynamic winger was on fire racking up another four goals at Colombia 2016 as Thailand again progressed to the second round, this time for the first time on foreign soil.
And if his past World Cup form is anything to go by, it seems that Wongkaeo looks set to break more new ground at Lithuania 2021 this September.