Asian Qualifiers - Group F: Japan cruise past Kyrgyz Republic to finish with perfect record
Osaka: A first-half hat-trick from Ado Onaiwu helped Group F winners Japan advance to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with a perfect record after a 5-1 win over Kygyrz Republic on Tuesday at Panasonic Stadium Suita.
With Tajikistan defeating bottom side Myanmar 4-0 in the group’s other tie to leapfrog their regional rivals into second, Kyrgyz Republic finished in third in the standings, with Mongolia taking fourth spot.
Asian Qualifiers - Group F: Win over Myanmar not enough for Tajikistan
Osaka: Tajikistan fell short of advancing to the final round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers and directly to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 despite a 4-0 win over Myanmar on Tuesday which saw them finish second in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers.
Needing to better Kyrgyz Republic’s result against group winners Japan to leapfrog their Central Asian neighbours into the runners-up position, the Tajiks opened the scoring just after the half hour through Komron Tursunov, before goals from Manuchehr Dzhalilov, Sheriddin Boboev and Shahrom Samiev completed a comprehensive victory after the interval.
With Kyrgyz Republic also losing 5-1, Tajikistan confirmed second position but results elsewhere on Tuesday meant they failed to advance. Myanmar, meanwhile, finished bottom but made it to the final round of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers.
Asian Qualifiers - Group A Preview: Syria in the way of China PR's dream, Philippines seek winning finish against Maldives
Sharjah: China PR need nothing less than a win over Syria on Tuesday if they are to stand a chance of advancing to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as one of the five best runners-up.
Philippines, meanwhile, will be aiming to end their campaign with a win against Maldives after the Southeast Asian side confirmed their place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 after securing third place in Group A.
Asian Qualifiers - Group B Preview: Australia challenge for Jordan, Kuwait's chances hanging by a thread ahead of Chinese Taipei tie
Kuwait City: Jordan will have to beat Australia - something Graham Arnold's side have yet to experience - when the two teams square off in Group B of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.
Victory is the only option available for Jordan if they are to stand a chance of sealing one of the five places available in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with Australia having already sealed top spot as well as a place in the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals.
Should Jordan lose, a win for Kuwait over Chinese Taipei in Tuesday's later match could see them finishing second but whether that will be enough to advance to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will depend on results elsewhere.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C Preview: IR Iran, Iraq in winner-takes-all clash; Hong Kong aiming to deny Bahrain
Muharraq: The Group C winners will be determined on Tuesday when Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq clash at the Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium, while Bahrain face Hong Kong in their final match in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The race for top spot promises to see a thrilling end with Iraq - on 17 points - two ahead of Iran while Bahrain will need to defeat Hong Kong by a huge margin and hope for Iran to lose to secure second place as Group C goes down to the wire.
Top spot will secure a place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, while a strong finish may also see the group's runners-up through.
Asian Qualifiers - Group D Preview: Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan set for thriller; Yemen eye late charge against Palestine
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan go head to head for the top spot in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, while Palestine face Yemen with an eye on third place in the group.
Unbeaten Saudi Arabia can top the group with a draw on Tuesday, while Uzbekistan must avenge their defeat in the reverse fixture if they are to overtake their hosts on the final day of Group D.
Meanwhile, Yemen have an opportunity to leapfrog both Singapore and Palestine into third place should they defeat the latter at King Fahd International Stadium in the second Group D fixture.