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 A: China PR beat Philippines to keep dream alive
Sharjah: Second half goals from Wu Lei and Wu Xinghan saw China PR grind down a determined Philippines side to notch up a 2-0 win in Sharjah on Monday that strengthens the hold of Li Tie’s side on second place in Group A of the second round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Wu Lei struck from the penalty spot to break the deadlock in the 56th minute and Wu Xinghan doubled his side’s advantage nine minutes later as the Chinese moved on to 13 points from six games, six more than the Azkals, who remain in third.
A win over the Maldives on Friday will guarantee China PR finish in second place behind group winners Syria and will further strengthen their hopes of advancing to the third round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup as one of the best runners-up.
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 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 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: UAE hold off Thailand to claim crucial three points
Dubai: The United Arab Emirates claimed a valuable 3-1 win against Thailand in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Monday.
The result sees the UAE reach 12 points in second place, two behind leaders Vietnam with Thailand staying in third place on nine points. The UAE face Indonesia in four days' time, while Thailand will wait till June 15 to face Malaysia in the final Matchday of the group.