Asian Qualifiers - Group B: Australia move within striking distance with victory over Chinese Taipei
Kuwait City: Australia moved to within one win of the Third Round of Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, maintaining their stranglehold on Group B with a 5-1 win over Chinese Taipei on Monday.
Mitchell Duke scored twice, while Harry Souttar, Jamie Maclaren and Trent Sainsbury all got on the scoresheet for Graham Arnold’s side, who made it six wins from six to maintain their five-point advantage over second placed Jordan with two matches remaining
Chinese Taipei managed a second half goal through Gao Wei-jie, but it was scant consolation on a night where their seventh successive Asian Qualifiers defeat confirmed they will finish last in Group B.
Asian Qualifiers - Group B: Jordan cruise past Nepal to stay on track
Kuwait City: A brace from Baha Faisal helped Jordan climb to second place in Asian Qualifiers Group B with a 3-0 win against Nepal on Monday.
The Jordanian striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 24th minute and added a superb free-kick shortly after half-time, before Yazan Al Arab headed home a third as Vital Borkelmans’ side leapfrogged Kuwait in the race to reach the Third Round.
Nepal’s fifth defeat in seven outings means the South Asian side can no longer finish higher than fourth, bringing their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification hopes to an end.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C: IR Iran defeat Bahrain to get firmly back in the race
Riffa: Sardar Azmoun starred with two goals as Islamic Republic of Iran scored a vital 3-0 victory over Bahrain in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Monday.
The three points saw Iran leapfrog Bahrain into second place on 12 points, two behind Iraq with both sides having two matches remaining. The defeat was a blow for Bahrain, who are third with just one game remaining in the race to advance to the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Asian Qualifiers - Group D: Uzbekistan power past Singapore
Riyadh: Uzbekistan closed the gap on Saudi Arabia at the top of Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 with an emphatic 5-0 win over Singapore on Monday.
Uzbekistan went into the game knowing any result other than a win would curtail their chances of finishing top of the group as they sat five points behind leaders Saudi Arabia.
Asian Qualifiers - Group E: India revive hopes with victory over Bangladesh
Doha: India defeated Bangladesh 2-0 to revive their Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Group E campaign on Monday.
Sunil Chhetri struck twice in the closing minutes as India boosted their hopes of sealing a place in the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, with the India captain taking his tally to 74 international goals – above Argentina's Lionel Messi and one off entering world football’s all-time top 10.
Asian Qualifiers - Group F: Japan keep perfect record with win over Tajikistan
Suita: Japan maintained their flawless record in Group F with a comfortable 4-1 win over Tajikistan on Monday, in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The hosts took the lead after just five minutes, Miki Yamane’s incisive through ball met the run of Takuma Asano and when his attempt was charged down by a flying Rustam Yatimov, the ball broke only as far as Kyogo Furuhashi who fired into an empty net.
Japan’s advantage lasted just three minutes as a fine cross from Manucher Safarov reached the head of Ehson Panshanbe and he re-directed the ball smartly home past goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.
Asian Qualifiers - Group G: Vietnam stay ahead after second half goal fest against Indonesia
Dubai: Vietnam turned on the power in the second half to defeat Indonesia 4-0 on Monday to stay top of Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
With Malaysia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates all on nine points, Vietnam needed a win to further tighten their grip on the top of the group against Indonesia who have been knocked out of the reckoning for FIFA World Cup qualification, and coach Park Hang-seo's men duly delivered with an attacking masterclass.