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.
Beirut: Lebanon and DPR Korea could not be separated as they shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw at the Sports City Stadium in Beirut to stay equal at eight points each in Group H of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers.
The result meant both teams failed to capitalise on a chance to end 2019 as the group leaders, with Turkmenistan to head into 2020 top of the standings with nine points.
Korea Republic, who were not in Asian Qualifiers action on Tuesday, are second on eight points, ahead of Lebanon and DPR Korea on goal difference.
Paatelainen’s tactics give Hong Kong their first win
Hong Kong: Mixu Paatelainen’s decision to field three attacking forwards paid off as Hong Kong ended their four-game winless run in the Asian Qualifiers after defeating Cambodia 2-0 in Group C on Tuesday.
James Ha’s volley separated the sides in the first half before Roberto Orlando Affonso Junior’s late goal sealed an emphatic home victory for Hong Kong to revive their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification hopes.
Muharraq: Singapore are back on track in their Asian Qualifiers Group D campaign after beating Yemen 2-1 on Tuesday, a result which did not came as a surprise for head coach Tatsuma Yoshida.
In Singapore’s fifth FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying match, the Southeast Asians took a 19th minute lead, before doubling their advantage in the 52nd minute and then seeing off a late Yemen revival to secure the three points.