Beating China PR was a gift for the fans, says Vietnam skipper Hung Dung
Hanoi: When Vietnam defeated China PR 3-1 on Matchday Eight of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar™, not only did the Golden Star Warriors pick up their first points in Group B, they also achieved one of the greatest results in their history by overcoming their neighbours for the first time.
Making their maiden appearance in the final round of AFC Asian Qualifiers, the Southeast Asians had until then found the step up tough, with seven straight defeats preceding the famous win at the My Dinh Stadium.
Renard: I want us to top the AFC Asian Qualifiers, and the job is not over yet
Sharjah: Saudi Arabia head coach Hervé Renard believes his side deserve to finish top of their group in the AFC Asian Qualifiers-Road to Qatar™ ahead of the decisive last two fixtures against China PR and Australia.
The Green Falcons have been in the top two of the group from day one of the qualifiers and moved past Australia into first place after Matchday Four, when the Socceroos were beaten by Japan and Saudi Arabia defeated China PR 3-2.
A 2-0 reversal against Japan in Saitama in their most recent outing – their first loss of the campaign - meant Renard’s men would have to wait for the final window to confirm qualification to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, but with a one-point advantage over Japan and a four-point cushion over third placed Australia, the Saudis know their fate is in their hands.
Japan's Moriyasu focused on securing Qatar 2022 ticket
Sydney: Hajime Moriyasu is 90 minutes from leading Japan to the country’s seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup™, with his old friend and former Sanfrecce Hiroshima teammate Graham Arnold and the Socceroos standing between the Samurai Blue and a place at Qatar 2022.
Victory over Australia in Sydney on Thursday will secure Japan’s ticket for the Finals and bring a satisfying conclusion to a qualifying campaign that has featured plenty of challenges for Moriyasu, as he explains in an exclusive interview with the-AFC.com.
AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar™: How Group A stands
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar™ campaign has reached the home straight as the sides get set for their concluding Matchdays Nine and Ten encounters in the week ahead.
In Group A, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Korea Republic have already guaranteed their progression and will now battle it out for the top spot. Below them, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Iraq remain in the mix for third place and the playoff ticket.
With the upcoming games to be held on March 24 and March 29, the-AFC.com looks at how things stand ahead of the final two rounds of fixtures.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ - The Qualifiers So Far
Kuala Lumpur: With 15 of the 32 berths at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ now filled, more than half of the tickets for November’s Finals still remain unclaimed with less than six months remaining until kick-off.
That, though, will all change by the end of March with another 14 spots set to be filled in a qualifying frenzy as the countdown to the Finals intensifies.