Carrasco rues Kuwait off-day after Asian Qualifiers draw with Jordan
Kuwait City: Kuwait head coach Andrés Carrasco was left disappointed following their 0-0 draw with Jordan in Group B of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Friday.
Kuwait, on 11 points, trail Jordan by three points in Group B with both teams' hopes of automatically advancing to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 hanging in the balance.
Carrasco’s side can secure a second spot finish if they beat Chinese Taipei on Tuesday, while Jordan will face a stiff test when they take on Australia.
Kuwait and Jordan are bidding to join group winners Australia in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as one of the five best second-placed teams.
Australia’s Arnold focused on Jordan as he eyes perfect finish to Asian Qualifiers
Kuwait City: With their seventh consecutive victory in the bag, Australia head coach Graham Arnold is aiming for a perfect finish in their Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 campaign, following their 3-0 win over 10-man Nepal on Friday.
The Socceroos led from start to finish with goals from Mathew Leckie, Fran Karacic and Martin Boyle to seal top spot in Group B with 21 points from seven matches to book their place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers and confirm their seat to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals.
Confident Li Tie relishing China PR's crucial Asian Qualifiers face-off with Syria
Sharjah: China PR head coach Li Tie will take his side into their crucial final match in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Syria in confident mood after notching up a comfortable 5-0 win over the Maldives on Friday.
The Syrians have already secured top spot in Group A but Li Tie’s team will be looking to take all three points to boost their chances of claiming one of the runners-up places available in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers when they meet at the Sharjah Stadium on Tuesday.
Five places are available to second place finishers with the best records across the eight groups after FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar, who cannot advance to the next round as a result, topped Group E.
Mixed emotions for Philippines' Cooper despite Asian Qualifiers triumph over Guam
Sharjah: Philippines head coach Scott Cooper declared the Azkals’ performance in their 3-0 win over Guam on Friday “patchy” as the Southeast Asians guaranteed themselves third place in Group A of the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The win was the Philippines’ third in their seven games so far in qualifying and, with one match remaining against the Maldives on Tuesday, they are certain to progress to the third round of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup.
But while Cooper was pleased to pick up another three points, he was less than impressed by the manner in which the victory was achieved.
Saudi Arabia’s Renard identifies keys behind Asian Qualifiers late show against Singapore, Yoshida praises his players
Riyadh: Patience and positivity were the keys behind Saudi Arabia’s 3-0 victory against Singapore in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, according to head coach Herve Renard.
In a tightly contested game, Saudi Arabia were made to wait until the final 10 minutes at King Saud University Stadium before they could finally unlock a resilient Singaporean defence. But when it rained, it poured as Salem Al Dawsari, Fahad Al Muwallad and Saleh Al Shehri all found the back of the net after the 83rd minute.
Park hails Vietnam players after gritty Asian Qualifiers win, Tan rues Malaysia's bad luck
Dubai: Head coach Park Hang-seo lauded his Vietnam players after an "exhausting" win against Malaysia in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Friday.
Vietnam's resilience saw them edge Malaysia 2-1 to remain firmly in the driver's seat to win Group G and earn a ticket to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Sitting on 17 points, two ahead of hosts United Arab Emirates heading into their clash on Tuesday, Vietnam only need to avoid defeat to book their spot in the final round.
Oman deserved Asian Qualifiers victory against Afghanistan, says Ivankovic
Doha: Head coach Branko Ivankovic praised his Oman players for their gritty 2-1 win against Afghanistan in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Friday.
A brace from Abdullah Fawaz boosted Oman’s hopes of advancing to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers as they strengthened their position in second place behind group winners Qatar.