Asian Qualifiers - Group A: China PR turn on the power against Maldives to stay in contention
Sharjah: China PR confirmed themselves as runners-up in Group A with a 5-0 win over the Maldives in Sharjah on Friday as Li Tie’s side continue their push for one of the remaining slots in the final round of Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Liu Binbin and Wu Lei gave their team a two-goal half-time lead before A Lan, Zhang Yuning and Tan Long completed a comfortable night’s work for a Chinese squad attempting to keep the country’s hopes of FIFA World Cup qualification alive.
The win moves China PR onto 16 points from their seven games so far and their third victory in a row means they go into their final match against group winners Syria on Tuesday with significant momentum. The result also guarantees the Philippines finish third in the group.
The five runners-up with the best records will join seven of the eight group winners – FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar will not feature in the final round despite finishing on top of Group E - in the next phase.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C: Iraq edge Hong Kong to set up dream tie with IR Iran
Muharraq: Iraq overcame a resilient Hong Kong 1-0 to regain top spot in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Friday.
Having seen Islamic Republic of Iran take provisional pole position with their win over Cambodia earlier on Friday, Iraq got the job done with a gritty win over Hong Kong to set up a classic final day tie against Team Melli on Tuesday, with the 2007 AFC Asian Cup winners only needing a draw to finish as group winners.
Asian Qualifiers - Group B: Australia comfortably see off Nepal to confirm final round ticket
Kuwait City: Australia confirmed the inevitable as the Socceroos secured top spot in Group B of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 after strolling to a 3-0 win over Nepal on Friday.
Mathew Leckie, Fran Karacic, Martin Boyle were on target for Graham Arnold’s side as they made it seven wins out of seven to book their spot in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and berth in the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals.
Nepal, meanwhile, ended their campaign in fourth with six points.
Asian Qualifiers - Group A: Philippines defeat Guam to seal third place
Sharjah: Angel Guirado and Mark Hartmann were both on target as the Philippines claimed a 3-0 win over Guam at Sharjah Stadium on Friday that confirmed the Azkals’ third place in Group A of the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Guirado struck after 12 minutes while Guam’s Marcus Lopez put the ball in his own net on the hour mark to help the Philippines to their third win in seven games. Hartmann netted the third with less than three minutes remaining.
With Maldives losing 5-0 to China PR in the second Group A match on Friday, third spot assures the Azkals a place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Asian Qualifiers - Group F: Kyrgyz Republic cruise past Myanmar to get back on track
Osaka: A hat-trick from Mirlan Murzaev helped Kyrgyz Republic move into second place in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers after a comprehensive 8-1 victory over 10-men Myanmar at Yanmar Stadium Nagai on Friday.
The victory sees Kyrgyz Republic leapfrog their Central Asian neighbours Tajikistan on goal difference, while Myanmar drop to bottom in the standings behind Mongolia, ahead of the vital final round of fixtures to come on Tuesday.
Asian Qualifiers - Group G: Vietnam hold off Malaysia to maintain lead
Dubai: Vietnam secured a hard fought 2-1 win against Malaysia on Friday to stay top of Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The two teams came into this game on the back of entirely opposing fortunes: Malaysia lost their last match 4-0 against the United Arab Emirates, while Vietnam beat Indonesia 4-0 and cemented their strong position with a win, also avoiding loss so far since the Qualifiers began.