Asian Qualifiers - Group H: Turkmenistan dent Lebanon's hopes with late win
Goyang City: A late winner from Altymyrat Annadurdyyev saw Turkmenistan sign off their Group H campaign with a rollercoaster 3-2 victory against Lebanon in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Wednesday.
Having taken the lead on 59 minutes through Zafar Babajanov, Turkmenistan were stunned by a pair of stellar solo goals from Rabih Ataya and Soony Saad that had seemingly turned the tie on its head.
But for a second time in the match a pair of goals flipped the script. First Guychmyrat Annagulyyev and then Annadurdyyev in injury time found the target to seal all three points for the Central Asians in dramatic fashion.
Jordan’s new approach did the trick against Nepal in Asian Qualifiers triumph, says Borkelmans
Kuwait City: Jordan head coach Vital Borkelmans was pleased with his side’s horses for courses approach, after a tactical switch helped his team to an important 3-0 Asian Qualifiers win against Nepal on Monday.
A switch to a two-man frontline of Baisa Faisal and Yazan Al Naimat paid dividends for Al Nashama, who went two goals ahead thanks to a Faisal brace before defender Yazan Al Arab made the points safe in the 67th minute.
Australia’s Arnold delighted as young guns deliver five-star Asian Qualifiers performance against Chinese Taipei
Kuwait City: Australia head coach Graham Arnold was full of praise for his young brigade after they played a key role in a 5-1 win over Chinese Taipei on Monday.
Harry Souttar, in his third appearance, opened the scoring, and two-cap midfielder Riley McGree bagged two assists, while exciting playmaker Denis Genreau was one of three players to make their international debut, along with Connor Metcalfe and Ruon Tongyik.
Skocic proud of IR Iran, Asian Qualifiers loss disappoints Bahrain's Sousa
Riffa: Islamic Republic of Iran head coach Dragan Skocic praised his side’s resolve and performance in the 3-0 win over Bahrain in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Monday.
After a relatively even first half, Iran were dominant in the second period with Sardar Azmoun scoring twice in eight minutes, before Mehdi Taremi sealed the win with a strike of his own.
Skocic was ecstatic with the result, which pushed the Central Asians up to second place on 12 points in the standings, ahead of Bahrain on goal difference. Leaders Iraq have 14 points.
UAE's Van Marwijk calls for further improvement after important Asian Qualifiers result against Thailand
Dubai: UAE head coach Bert van Marwijk wants more from his players despite a convincing 3-1 victory over Thailand in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Monday.
Two first-half goals from Caio Canedo and Fabio Lima looked to have settled matters for the UAE, but Suphanat Mueanta halved the deficit 10 minutes after the restart to set up a nervy remainder of the match. The Whites finally secured their win deep into added time with substitute Mohammad Jumaa coming off the bench to bag his country’s third.
Maaloul applauds Syria players for Asian Qualifiers masterclass
Sharjah: Syria head coach Nabil Maaloul called his players “heroic” after their 3-0 win over Guam on Monday sealed their place in the third round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and earned a berth at the Finals of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Two early goals from Mardik Mardikian sent the Syrians on their way to their seventh win in a row in Group A before Mahmoud Al Mawas added a third and that perfect record secured top spot in the standings for Maaloul’s team.
China PR are in second but cannot surpass the Syrians despite their win over the Philippines at Sharjah Stadium later on Monday, leaving Maaloul elated at his team’s progress.
Li Tie's focus only on China PR's next Asian Qualifiers clash against Maldives
Sharjah: China PR coach Li Tie is refusing to look beyond his side’s upcoming game with the Maldives in Sharjah on Friday after securing a 2-0 win over the Philippines in Group A that moved them closer to claiming a place in the third phase of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Second half goals from Wu Lei, from the penalty spot, and Wu Xinghan earned the Chinese a victory that took them six points clear of the Azkals with two games remaining, and wins over the Maldives and Syria will put Li Tie’s team in a strong position to keep alive hopes of a first FIFA World Cup appearance since 2002.
Syria have already qualified as Group A winners but five runners-up slots are available in the third round after Qatar won Group E. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts not playing in the next phase, an additional slot has opened up for the teams who finish second across the eight groups.