Li Tie thanks Lippi after China PR advance to final round of Asian Qualifiers
Sharjah: Li Tie paid tribute to former head coach Marcello Lippi and hailed his players’ mental strength as China PR secured their place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Tuesday.
Goals from Zhang Xizhe, Wu Lei and Zhang Yuning earned Li’s side a 3-1 win over Nabil Maaloul’s Group A winners to claim one of the best runners-up berths available in the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar for next year’s Finals.
AFC President congratulates Asian teams and hails centralised hosts
Kuala Lumpur: Following the conclusion of the Asian Qualifiers Preliminary Round 2 matches on Tuesday, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated the Asian teams on securing their places in the final round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar as well as the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
With 2022 FIFA World Cup host and current Asian champions Qatar clinching their spot as Group E winners, seven other group winners Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates as well as the five best second-placed teams – China PR, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman and Vietnam – have all moved one step closer towards qualifying for the global showpiece.
Line-up for AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round unveiled
Kuala Lumpur: With two years to go to Asia’s flagship men’s national team tournament, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed the 22 out of 24 teams who have advanced to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round.
Following the conclusion of the Preliminary Joint Qualifiers Round 2, 13 participating teams, including AFC Asian Cup 2023 host China PR and FIFA World Cup 2022 host and reigning Asian champions Qatar have sealed their places for the Continental showpiece, which is scheduled to take place from June 16 to July 16, 2023.
Asian Qualifiers - Group A: China PR join Syria on Road to Qatar 2022
Sharjah: Second half goals from Wu Lei and Zhang Yuning earned China PR a 3-1 victory over Group A winners Syria as Li Tie’s side confirmed their progress to the final round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers as one of the best runners-up on Tuesday.
Zhang Xizhe had given the Chinese the lead late in the first half before Aias Aosman levelled just after halftime, but Wu Lei struck from the penalty spot and Zhang Yuning scored in injury time to move China PR onto 19 points from eight games to guarantee their progress in the Road to Qatar 2022.
China PR’s win meant Syria’s perfect record in the second round came to an end after seven successive wins but it mattered little as Nabil Maaloul’s side had already confirmed their status as group winners prior to the game.
Asian Qualifiers - Group B: Defeat to Australia ends Jordan's dream
Kuwait City: Australia made it eight wins from eight to cap a perfect Asian Qualifiers Second Round campaign, earning a 1-0 victory which extinguished Jordan’s hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Tuesday.
A sixth goal in five matches from defender Harry Souttar secured victory for the Socceroos, with the Stoke City man rising highest to head home a corner kick in the 77th minute, dashing Jordan’s bid to qualify for the Third Round as one as one of the best-placed runners-up.
Australia’s perfect tally of 24 points marks their best ever start to an Asian Qualifiers campaign, and keeps alive their bid of reaching a fifth successive FIFA World Cup Finals.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C: IR Iran finish top, Iraq advance as well
Muharraq: Sardar Azmoun was the hero as Islamic Republic of Iran edged Iraq 1-0 on Tuesday to finish as Group C winners in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The win completed a remarkable turnaround for Team Melli, who won all four of their matches following the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers and keeps them on track for a third consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals.
The defeat, however, didn't prove costly for Iraq as they too advanced to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.