Jeonbuk's Song Bum-keun earns first call up to Korea Republic squad for AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar
Seoul: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors goalkeeper Song Bum-keun has earned his first call up for Korea Republic as he joins a returning Son Heung-min in Paulo Bento’s squad for the upcoming AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar matches against Syria and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Song, who helped his club reach the quarter-finals of the 2021 AFC Champions League earlier this month, is the only uncapped player in the 27-man squad selected by Bento for the games on October 7 and October 12.
Tottenham’s Son returns to the squad after pulling out of the game against Lebanon on September 7 having aggravating a calf injury during the 0-0 draw with Iraq in their opening game of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar at Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Preview: IR Iran's flair set to be tested by steely Kazakhstan in FIFA Futsal World Cup quarter-final
Kaunas: Islamic Republic of Iran will face their toughest test yet when they play Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 at the Kaunas Arena on Monday.
In what promises to be a thrilling encounter, Kazakh fans will be hoping that the quarter-final is decided in normal time, as Team Melli won two penalty shootouts and another match after extra-time at the last Futsal World Cup.
On the other hand, Iran might want to avoid another open encounter like their Round of 16 epic against Uzbekistan, as scoring against Kazakhstan and their formidable goalkeeper Higuita, aided by defensive stalwart Douglas, has proven extremely difficult in Lithuania 2021.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group B: Tajikistan firmly in the race with win over Maldives
Dushanbe: Group hosts Tajikistan put themselves in contention for a place at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 Finals with a commanding 4-0 win over the Maldives at Central Republican Stadium on Sunday.
The result means Tajikistan will qualify for their first ever continental Finals if they win Wednesday’s group decider against Vietnam, who registered a 16-0 win in their outing against the Maldives on Thursday.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group H: Thailand beat Palestine to seal qualification in style
West Bank: Thailand qualified for their 17th AFC Women's Asian Cup Finals with an emphatic 7-0 win over Palestine on Saturday.
Victory meant the Southeast Asian side finished top of Group H, having defeated Malaysia in their opening match with qualification meaning Thailand are very much in the race to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group G: IR Iran defeat Jordan on penalties to book historic Finals ticket
Tashkent: Islam Republic of Iran pulled off a stunning upset to qualify for their first ever AFC Women’s Asian Cup, defeating Jordan 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw at Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
Maryam Irandoost’s side defied history and their world ranking of 72 to secure their place for India 2022 in dramatic fashion, ending a heartbroken Jordan outfit’s bid for a third successive appearance at the Finals.
The result, a milestone for Iranian women’s football, also keeps them alive in the race for a spot in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group C: Indonesia beat Singapore to get on track
Dushanbe: Indonesia took a significant step towards ending one of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup’s longest droughts, winning 1-0 on Friday in the first of two India 2022 Qualifiers against Singapore.
A Baiq Amiatun Shalihah header in the opening minutes proved decisive, meaning Rudy Eka Priyambada’s side can secure the nation’s first AFC Women’s Asian Cup appearance since 1989 simply by avoiding defeat against the same opponents in Monday’s return match.
All is not lost for Singapore, however. The Lionesses’ narrow margin of defeat means they will go into Monday’s clash knowing a win by two goals or more will send them to January’s Finals at Indonesia’s expense.