Asian Qualifiers - Group C: Bahrain cruise past Cambodia to seize top spot
Riffa: Bahrain took pole position in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, after beating Cambodia 8-0 on Thursday.
The victory took Bahrain to 12 points, one ahead of Iraq who have a match in hand with Islamic Republic of Iran up next for Helio Sousa's side on Monday. Iran defeated Hong Kong 3-1 in their match to move nine points.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C: IR Iran back on track with win over Hong Kong
Muharraq: Islamic Republic of Iran revived their hopes with a crucial 3-1 win over Hong Kong in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 at the Sheikh Ali Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium in Muharraq, Bahrain on Thursday.
It was a crucial victory for the Central Asians who had suffered consecutive defeats to Iraq and Bahrain before the Asian Qualifiers were halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The win took Iran to nine points as they stayed in sight of group leaders Iraq and Bahrain, who they face next on Monday.
Asian Qualifiers - Group D: Palestine shine in emphatic victory over Singapore
Riyadh: Palestine breathed life into their qualification hopes with a 4-0 win against Singapore in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Thursday.
Palestine went into the match needing a win to climb up the group standings, and they duly delivered the win in expert fashion as they brushed aside Singapore, taking full control of the first half and holding their ground in the second as they saw out the win.
Asian Qualifiers - Group E: Draw dents Bangladesh, Afghanistan's hopes
Doha: Bangladesh scored late to hold Afghanistan to a 1-1 draw in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday.
The result did neither team a favour for their qualification hopes with Afghanistan moving to five points while Bangladesh are on two points.
Up next for Bangladesh are India on Monday, while Afghanistan will face Oman on June 11 with both teams' hopes of automatically advancing to the third round of the Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 hanging in the balance.
Asian Qualifiers - Group B: Australia impress against Kuwait to stay perfect
Kuwait City: Australia took a major step towards the Third Round of Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, cruising to a 3-0 win over Kuwait at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium on Thursday.
Ahead in an instant through captain Mathew Leckie’s goal, the Socceroos proved much too strong for the group hosts, with Jackson Irvine and Ajdin Hrustic also getting on the scoresheet in a commanding performance.
The result puts Australia five points clear of both Kuwait and Jordan at the top of Group B, meaning wins in their next two matches against Nepal and Chinese Taipei will confirm them as the group winners with a game to spare.
Asian Qualifiers - Group B: Nepal defeat Chinese Taipei for crucial three points
Kuwait City: Nepal solidified their place as the fourth best team in Group B, defeating Chinese Taipei 2-0 in their Asian Qualifiers return at Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium on Thursday.
Anjan Bista opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the blink of an eye before substitute Nawayug Shrestha doubled the lead late on, repeating the result from the two sides’ previous meeting in Taipei on Matchday Two.
Already out of Qatar 2022 contention prior to Thursday’s match, the result keeps Chinese Taipei in last place without a point from six matches, six points adrift of Nepal.
Asian Qualifiers - Group G: UAE revive hopes with win over Malaysia
Dubai: United Arab Emirates are back in sight of a place in the next round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after defeating Malaysia 4-0 in their Group G tie on Thursday.
Ali Mabkhout struck in each half to help the Whites secure three vital points, with his double taking him past Lionel Messi and Sunil Chhetri as the second highest scoring active player in international football, only behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.