Asian Qualifiers - Group F: Kyrgyz Republic cruise past Myanmar to get back on track
Osaka: A hat-trick from Mirlan Murzaev helped Kyrgyz Republic move into second place in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers after a comprehensive 8-1 victory over 10-men Myanmar at Yanmar Stadium Nagai on Friday.
The victory sees Kyrgyz Republic leapfrog their Central Asian neighbours Tajikistan on goal difference, while Myanmar drop to bottom in the standings behind Mongolia, ahead of the vital final round of fixtures to come on Tuesday.
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 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.
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 E: Oman defeat Afghanistan to keep hopes alive
Doha: Oman boosted their hopes of advancing to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with a 2-1 win over Afghanistan in Group E on Friday.
With Qatar having sealed top spot in Group E with an unassailable 22 points, Oman's hopes depend on them finishing as one of the best five runners-up and Branko Ivankovic's men saw off an Afghanistan side who will now have to defeat India in their final match on Tuesday to finish third and book a spot in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Oman, with second place confirmed, play bottom-placed Bangladesh in their final game.
Asian Qualifiers - Group G: Vietnam hold off Malaysia to maintain lead
Dubai: Vietnam secured a hard fought 2-1 win against Malaysia on Friday to stay top of Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The two teams came into this game on the back of entirely opposing fortunes: Malaysia lost their last match 4-0 against the United Arab Emirates, while Vietnam beat Indonesia 4-0 and cemented their strong position with a win, also avoiding loss so far since the Qualifiers began.