Arnold wants more from Australia after Asian Playoff win against UAE
Doha: Australia head coach Graham Arnold warned his team they must improve to beat Peru and make it to a fifth straight FIFA World Cup after Ajdin Hrustic fired a late winner in a nerve-wracking 2-1 AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Playoff victory over United Arab Emirates in Doha.
The Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder's deflected volley in the 84th minute decided the feverish Asian Playoff on Tuesday in the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium that will host seven games in the FIFA World Cup Finals in November.
Australia will take on a dangerous Peru side in the same stadium in a do-or-die clash on June 13 in their quest to qualify for the Finals and Arnold said he expected more from his players.
Doha: Australia will be the AFC representatives in Monday’s decisive Inter-Continental Playoff for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after the Socceroos defeated the United Arab Emirates 2-1 at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Playoff on Tuesday.
With Australia contesting their seventh FIFA World Cup playoff and the UAE at this stage for the first time in their history, both teams looked to attack from the start as Harib Suhail was caught narrowly offside and Jackson Irvine saw his cross cleared at the far post all inside the first three minutes.
Qualifiers Final Round - Group B: Philippines 0-0 Yemen
Ulaanbaatar: Philippines and Yemen shared the points in their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group B opener after a 0-0 draw at MFF Stadium on Wednesday.
A hard-fought game with few clear-cut opportunities meant that the familiar foes began their campaigns with a point apiece and will next face Mongolia and Palestine respectively in Saturday's Matchday Two ties.
Tashkent: Head coach Go Oiwa is confident Japan will earn their spot in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-finals with a win against Tajikistan in their final Group D tie at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Thursday.
Japan are level on four points with Saudi Arabia but behind on goal difference and a win against already eliminated Tajikistan will seal their berth into the knockout stage.
Qarshi: Iraq had to endure a tough route to the quarter-final stage but they eventually succeeded, coming from behind to defeat Kuwait 3-1 in their final AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group B tie on Tuesday.
In an intense duel, Iraq were put on the edge when Kuwait scored in the 12th minute before being awarded a penalty which they missed, giving the 2013 champions a lifeline which they gratefully accepted and bounced back with three goals.
Australia’s Morgan looks forward to tougher challenges, Jordan’s Hayel rues early exit
Tashkent: Australia secured their place in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-finals after beating Jordan 1-0 on Tuesday, with head coach Trevor Morgan now expecting an even steeper learning curve heading into their third successive knockout stage appearance.
After an hour of goalless action, Ramy Najjarine scored from the penalty spot to hand Australia what would prove to be the winning goal at the Lokomotiv Stadium to finish top of Group B and secure a quarter-final meeting with Turkmenistan.
Tashkent: Head coach Ahmet Agamyradov said his players showed nerves of steel to force a 2-2 draw against Qatar to seal a place in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Turkmenistan became only the third debutants to reach the knockout stage, following in the footsteps of Malaysia and Palestine, who achieved the feat in 2018.
Agamyradov’s charges showed tremendous fighting spirit when they forced their way back into the tie with substitute Begencmyrat Myradov netting a brace after Osamah Al Tairi had put Qatar two goals ahead.
Uzbekistan’s fringe players earn stripes, IR Iran look to the future
Qarshi: Uzbekistan head coach Timur Kapadze’s gamble to give 11 fresh players the opportunity to shine paid off when they drew 1-1 against the Islamic Republic of Iran in their final Group A encounter at the Markaziy Stadium on Tuesday.
With their quarter-final ticket already punched, Kapadze tested the mettle of his previously unused players in a match where IR Iran came out firing on all cylinders.