Asian Qualifiers - Group D: Uzbekistan edge Yemen to keep dream alive
Riyadh: Jalaloddin Masharipov’s penalty was the difference at King Fahd International Stadium as Uzbekistan emerged 1-0 winners against Yemen on Friday in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
A hard-fought win for Uzbekistan keeps them in second place, two points behind Saudi Arabia whom they face on the final matchday, while Yemen remain bottom with five points before a last match against Palestine.
Asian Qualifiers - Group D: Saudi Arabia remain in charge with late show against Singapore
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia left it late to overcome Singapore 3-0 thanks to goals from Salem Al Dawsari, Fahd Al Muwallad and Saleh Al Shehri inside the final 10 minutes in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Friday.
The win means Saudi Arabia go into their final game against Uzbekistan with 17 points from an unbeaten run of seven matches, with a draw in four days’ time enough to secure the top spot while Singapore end the campaign on seven points.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C: IR Iran firmly in control with victory over Cambodia
Riffa: Islamic Republic of Iran defeated Cambodia 10-0 in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Friday to ensure their qualification hopes are very much in their own hands.
The win took Iran to 15 points and with Iraq - who defeated Hong Kong later on Friday to stay two points ahead at the top - up next on the final day of the Asian Qualifiers, a win for Team Melli will mean finishing as group winners.
Cambodia, meanwhile, ended their campaign with just one point to their name from eight matches.
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 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 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 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.