Asian Qualifiers - Group G: UAE deliver in style, Vietnam also through despite defeat
Dubai: The United Arab Emirates survived a late scare to book their place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with a 3-2 victory against Group G rivals Vietnam at Zabeel Stadium on Tuesday.
The win meant UAE dethroned Vietnam from the top spot of Group G on the final day to reach the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the second time running while there was joy for Vietnam despite the defeat as they advanced for the first time in their history.
Asian Qualifiers - Group A: Philippines, Maldives settle for draw
Sharjah: Ali Fasir earned the Maldives a 1-1 draw with the Philippines on Tuesday as Martin Koopman’s side bounced back from going behind to Angel Guirado’s strike to share the points in their final Group A meeting in the second round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Guirado put the Azkals in front 19 minutes into the game at Sharjah Stadium as the Philippines went looking for their fourth win of the campaign, but Scott Cooper’s side were denied all three points by Fasir’s effort six minutes later.
The result means the Philippines, who had already secured third place and a guaranteed berth in the final round of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup, finish their campaign with 11 points from eight games. The result was enough for Maldives, who collected seven points, to also qualify for the third round of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying.
Asian Qualifiers - Group B: Defeat to Australia ends Jordan's dream
Kuwait City: Australia made it eight wins from eight to cap a perfect Asian Qualifiers Second Round campaign, earning a 1-0 victory which extinguished Jordan’s hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Tuesday.
A sixth goal in five matches from defender Harry Souttar secured victory for the Socceroos, with the Stoke City man rising highest to head home a corner kick in the 77th minute, dashing Jordan’s bid to qualify for the Third Round as one as one of the best-placed runners-up.
Australia’s perfect tally of 24 points marks their best ever start to an Asian Qualifiers campaign, and keeps alive their bid of reaching a fifth successive FIFA World Cup Finals.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C: IR Iran finish top, Iraq advance as well
Muharraq: Sardar Azmoun was the hero as Islamic Republic of Iran edged Iraq 1-0 on Tuesday to finish as Group C winners in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The win completed a remarkable turnaround for Team Melli, who won all four of their matches following the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers and keeps them on track for a third consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals.
The defeat, however, didn't prove costly for Iraq as they too advanced to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C: Bahrain power past Hong Kong
Riffa: Bahrain turned on the power in the second half to beat Hong Kong 4-0 in their final Group C tie of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.
The win moved the West Asians to third place on 15 points, three behind group winners Islamic Republic of Iran who beat Iraq 1-0 in the day's other match. Iraq ended their campaign on 17 points.
Asian Qualifiers - Group G: Malaysia see off Thailand for triumphant end
Dubai: Malaysia took all three points in a 1-0 win over Thailand thanks to a Safawi Rasid penalty in the second half in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.
The result saw Malaysia leapfrog Thailand into third place as the group concluded with Thailand going down a place to fourth. UAE emerged the group winners with a thrilling 3-2 win over Vietnam, with both teams advancing to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Malaysia and Thailand advance to the final round of the Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.