Muscat: Tuesday's defeat to Oman means India ended 2019 without a win in the Asian Qualifiers, leaving them with much work to do if Igor Stimac's side are to advance to the next stage of the competition.
India collected three points from five matches, with both their defeats inflicted by Oman and head coach Stimac said the South Asian side's major issue had been their inability to score from open play in their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying campaign.
Dushanbe: Akram Afif said Qatar may not have fired on all cylinders but they achieved their target in the 1-0 away win against Afghanistan in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday.
Afif scored the winning goal from the penalty spot 14 minutes from time as the Asian champions were made to work hard in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification tie by a resilient Afghanistan at the Republican Central Stadium.
Muscat: Oman edged India 1-0 on Tuesday to stay in sight of Qatar in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The match was a cagey affair with Muhsen Saleh Al Ghassani's 33rd minute strike securing the points for Oman at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
The win took Oman to 12 points, one behind Qatar while the defeat meant India still await their first victory of the Asian Qualifiers, having drawn three and lost two. Qatar edged Afghanistan 1-0 in the other Group E tie on Tuesday.
Dushanbe: Reigning AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar escaped with a barely deserved 1-0 win on Tuesday as Felix Sanchez’s side saw Afghanistan miss a first-half penalty during their Asian Qualifiers Group E.
Akram Afif’s penalty 14 minutes from time spared Qatar’s blushes and secured all three points, but only after Omran Haydary saw his effort from the spot saved by Saad Al Sheeb in the first half in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying tie.
As a result, Qatar remain unbeaten in their first five qualifiers and sit on top of Group E with 13 points while Afghanistan remain on four points with three games left in the second phase of qualifying.
Bishkek: Kyrgyz Republic head coach Alexander Krestinin was left to lament his side’s inefficiency in the final third after they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Tajikistan in Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers match at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium.
The Akshumkar controlled the vast amount of possession and territory throughout the 90 minutes, but Jahongir Erghasev’s early goal had Tajikistan ahead at half time, before Tamirlan Kozubaev equalised for the hosts late on to leave both sides on seven points from five matches.
With the spoils shared in a crucial match in the qualification race, Krestinin reflected on his side’s blunt attacking performance, which produced few chances despite their overall ascendancy.
Lebanon’s Ciobotariu disappointed with DPR Korea draw
Beirut: Lebanon head coach Liviu Ciobotariu was left disappointed following his side’s goalless home draw with DPR Korea in Group H of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.
Lebanon failed to break the deadlock against DPR Korea at Beirut Sports City to squander a chance to go top of the group.
The West Asians, together with DPR Korea and Korea Republic, are on eight points with Turkmenistan leading the group after defeating Sri Lanka on Tuesday.