Preview - Group A: Lebanon, United Arab Emirates out to revive campaign
Saida: Lebanon will look to bounce back from stoppage time heartbreak, while United Arab Emirates will be desperate to revive their stuttering AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar campaign when the two sides meet at Saida Municipal Stadium on Tuesday.
The Cedars went within minutes of pulling off a major upset against group leaders Islamic Republic of Iran last Thursday, but goals from Sardar Azmoun and Ahmad Noorollahi cancelled out Soony Saad’s opener as Team Melli snatched a crucial 2-1 win in the dying moments of the game.
While victory would have greatly boosted Lebanon’s bid for a top two finish – and with it, direct access to next year’s FIFA World Cup - Ivan Hašek’s players remain in pole position in the race for a playoff position, and their hopes can be further boosted by success against a UAE side still searching for their first win in the Final Round.
Preview - Group B: Saudi Arabia aim to stay top, Vietnam out for first points
Hanoi: Bottom hosts top in Group B of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar on Tuesday as Vietnam welcome Saudi Arabia to My Dinh Stadium.
The visitors are currently three points clear of Australia at the top of the standings at the midway stage, while Vietnam sit last in the six-team group as they continue to target their first points of the campaign.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Five Takeaways from Matchday Five
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar reached the halfway point with the six games of Matchday Five across the two groups producing one home win, two away victories and three draws.
Australia, Saudi Arabia and Korea Republic remained unbeaten going into the second half of the campaign, while Vietnam, Iraq, Syria and the United Arab Emirates are all yet to register a win in five, but all teams continue to have a mathematical chance of reaching Qatar 2022. the-AFC.com reflects on five takeaways from the latest round of matches played on Thursday.