Asian Qualifiers – Group H Preview: Lebanon out to stun Korea Republic to keep hopes alive
Goyang City: Lebanon will aim to shock table-toppers Korea Republic in the final Group H game as they attempt to secure their place in the final round of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers and at the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Hosts Korea Republic effectively won the group with victory over Sri Lanka on Wednesday while Lebanon's defeat to Turkmenistan earlier that day left their qualification hopes firmly in the balance.
Confident Li Tie relishing China PR's crucial Asian Qualifiers face-off with Syria
Sharjah: China PR head coach Li Tie will take his side into their crucial final match in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Syria in confident mood after notching up a comfortable 5-0 win over the Maldives on Friday.
The Syrians have already secured top spot in Group A but Li Tie’s team will be looking to take all three points to boost their chances of claiming one of the runners-up places available in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers when they meet at the Sharjah Stadium on Tuesday.
Five places are available to second place finishers with the best records across the eight groups after FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar, who cannot advance to the next round as a result, topped Group E.
Skocic urges IR Iran to maintain drive as Asian Qualifiers decider against Iraq looms
Riffa: Islamic Republic of Iran head coach Dragan Skocic is expecting his side to continue their winning form when they play Iraq in their final Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Group C tie against Iraq on Tuesday.
Team Melli made it three wins in as many matches in Riffa with a 10-0 defeat of Cambodia on Friday to set up a cracker finale against Iraq.
With Iraq - on 17 points - two ahead of Iran, victory is the only option for Skocic's side in their bid to qualify for their third consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals.
Katanec: Target was to get job done against Hong Kong in Asian Qualifiers
Arad: Srecko Katanec wasn’t unduly bothered with the margin of victory, stressing three points were what mattered for Iraq after their 1-0 win against Hong Kong in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Friday.
A deflection from Fung Hing Wa steered Iraq to a fifth victory of in their Asian Qualifiers campaign, moving them to 17 points at the top of Group C, two ahead of Islamic Republic of Iran heading into their final tie on Tuesday.
A draw will seal Iraq top spot and a place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and confirm their berth at the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals.
Saudi Arabia’s Renard identifies keys behind Asian Qualifiers late show against Singapore, Yoshida praises his players
Riyadh: Patience and positivity were the keys behind Saudi Arabia’s 3-0 victory against Singapore in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, according to head coach Herve Renard.
In a tightly contested game, Saudi Arabia were made to wait until the final 10 minutes at King Saud University Stadium before they could finally unlock a resilient Singaporean defence. But when it rained, it poured as Salem Al Dawsari, Fahad Al Muwallad and Saleh Al Shehri all found the back of the net after the 83rd minute.
Van Marwijk warns UAE against overconfidence, Choi promises brighter future for Indonesia after Asian Qualifiers exit
Dubai: UAE head coach Bert van Marwijk warned against overconfidence as his side marched to a 5-0 victory against Indonesia on Friday, their third consecutive win in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Ali Mabkhout and Fabio Lima struck for the UAE inside the opening half an hour, and the pair were back on the scoresheet after the restart before veteran Sebastian Tagliabue came off the bench to round off the scoring with five minutes to go.
Australia’s Arnold focused on Jordan as he eyes perfect finish to Asian Qualifiers
Kuwait City: With their seventh consecutive victory in the bag, Australia head coach Graham Arnold is aiming for a perfect finish in their Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 campaign, following their 3-0 win over 10-man Nepal on Friday.
The Socceroos led from start to finish with goals from Mathew Leckie, Fran Karacic and Martin Boyle to seal top spot in Group B with 21 points from seven matches to book their place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers and confirm their seat to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals.