Group F: Perfect Japan cruise past Myanmar to confirm Asian Qualifiers' third round berth
Chiba: Yuya Osako scored five times as Japan brushed aside Myanmar at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba on Friday, recording an emphatic 10-0 win to secure their place in the third round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers as well as a berth at the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 as Group F winners.
The win, Japan’s sixth in a row in qualifying, maintains the Samurai Blue’s perfect record in the group and means Hajime Moriyasu’s side cannot be passed by nearest rivals Tajikistan or Kyrgyz Republic with two games remaining.
Moriyasu fielded an experienced starting line-up that signalled his determination to complete the job of qualification with the minimum of fuss, and the tactic paid off as the Japanese made short work of the visitors.
Seoul: After more than a year and a half away, Group H of the Asian Qualifiers is set to resume on June 5 as the four teams take to the centralised venue of Goyang.
Star-studded hosts Korea Republic will undoubtedly begin as favourites, although Lebanon held the Taeguk Warriors earlier in the campaign while an ever-improving Turkmenistan already have points on the board, too. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are still aiming to get off the mark.
With plenty to play for over what promises to be an action-packed two weeks, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on the story so far, the teams and players involved, and much more.
Dubai: The second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 finally returns in full flow after more than 18 months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the United Arab Emirates playing hosts to Group G.
With all teams having played five matches already with the exception of the UAE, who have played four, the group featuring four Southeast Asian sides remains wide open, making for a tasty viewing over the next three weeks. The-AFC.com previews the upcoming action and the players to watch ahead of the Qualifiers’ resumption on June 3.
Osaka: For the first time since 2019, all five teams in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 will be in action over the coming weeks, with plenty still left to be decided.
Runaway leaders Japan would need to suffer an unprecedented collapse on home soil to squander top spot, but the race for second is well and truly alive, with Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Myanmar all battling for the chance to advance as one of the best runners-up.
Dreams are at stake on the road to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, and we’ve got all you need to know about the matches ahead, including the venues, state of play and the key men to keep an eye on.
Doha: The second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 finally returns in full flow after more than 18 months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Group E ready to resume.
The battle for top spot looks to be between Qatar and Oman while Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh fight it out for the automatic places in the third round of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup.
With Qatar hosting the remaining matches, the-AFC.com previews the upcoming games and takes a look at the players to watch from each of the five teams.
Riyadh: Three months after Saudi Arabia faced Yemen in the most recent game of the group, the five teams of Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 reconvene in the Saudi capital Riyadh for the remaining seven matches.
With the group having passed the halfway point, Saudi Arabia hold the advantage at the top going into the three-week run-in on home soil, Uzbekistan and Singapore remain within touching distance of the hosts while Palestine are bottom and practically out of contention.
Kuwait: The long wait is finally over, and Asia’s top men’s national teams are soon to resume their respective bids to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
It has been 18 long months since a ball was kicked in Group B – featuring, Australia, Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei – and with a wait like that, one could be forgiven for needing a refresher course before the action resumes.
But fear not, the-AFC.com is here to bring you all need to know about the finely poised group, including a run-down on the venues and how the teams currently stand, plus we pick out a key man from each of the five sides.