Kuwait City: Captain Mark Milligan has been ruled out of Australia's opening Asian Qualifiers Group B match against Kuwait on Tuesday.
Milligan, who is nursing a leg injury, has returned to his club, Southend United, with versatile Melbourne Victory defender Thomas Deng replacing him for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying tie.
Kuwait: Head coach Romeo Jozak said Kuwait's focus is firmly on Australia following their resounding 7-0 win over Nepal in their opening Asian Qualifiers Group B tie last Thursday.
The West Asians played scintillating football against Nepal and Jozak said the players had been given some time off to celebrate the triumph, which was a perfect boost to Kuwait's hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
However, with Australia looming on Tuesday, Croatian Jozak said his players have already shifted their focus to the tie against the 2015 AFC Asian Cup winners.
Dubai: Australia begin their Road to Qatar and China PR campaign on Tuesday and the Socceroos, left-back Aziz Behich believes, have the right amount of experience needed to navigate through their Asian Qualifiers journey.
Australia face Kuwait at the Al Kuwait SC Stadium in their opening Group B tie and Behich, who became the 60th player to wear the captain’s armband for the Socceroos in June’s international friendly against Korea Republic in Busan, says there are several leaders in the squad for the challenges the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification campaign will deliver.
Kuwait City: Kuwait scored an emphatic 7-0 victory over Nepal in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on Thursday.
The 1980 AFC Asian Cup winners were returninig to the Qualifiers after five years, having missed out on the 2019 qualifying campaign following their suspension by FIFA.
Taipei: Jordan survived a late scare to make a winning start to the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Thursday as Vital Borkelmans’ side claimed a 2-1 win over Chinese Taipei in challenging conditions.
Baha Faisal and Ahmad Sameer had given the Jordanians a two-goal cushion by the halftime break on a rain-soaked pitch before Weh Chih-hao’s strike for Chinese Taipei ensured a nervous final nine minutes plus stoppage time before Jordan confirmed their opening win in Group B.
Heavy rain over the preceding two days made the pitch at the Taipei Municipal Stadium a challenge for both sides, but Borkelmans’ side brushed those difficulties aside to take a two-goal lead into the half-time break.