Ashgabat: Korea Republic’s Asian Qualifiers campaign got off to a winning start as the East Asians defeated Turkmenistan 2-0 in their Group H tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 at the Köpetdag Stadium on Tuesday.
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Phnom Penh: Kamil Al-Aswad’s 77th minute strike secured Bahrain a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cambodia in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 at the National Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
Cambodia and Bahrain were chasing their first win of their qualifying campaign, having settled for 1-1 draws against Hong Kong and Iraq respectively on Matchday One.
Yangon: Japan were rarely troubled in their opening Group F fixture in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, defeating Myanmar 2-0 at Thuwunna Stadium on Tuesday.
Early goals from Shoya Nakajima and Takumi Minamino proved decisive for Hajime Moriyasu’s side, who began their campaign with a minimum of fuss ahead of next month’s fixtures against Mongolia and Tajikistan.
While the four-time Asian champions were good value for their opening win, Myanmar’s defeat leaves them at the bottom of Group F, having also been beaten 1-0 by Mongolia in their opening fixture last Thursday.
Kuala Lumpur: Ali Mabkhout struck twice as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to defeat Malaysia 2-1 in their Asian Qualifiers Group G tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.
Coach Bert van Marwijk was given a reality check on his competitive debut in the UAE dugout as Malaysia took the lead inside the first minute, sending the huge crowd at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium into raptures.
Matthew Davies advanced down the right flank and supplied a pinpoint cross for Syafiq Ahmad who rose high in the space between the Emirati centre-halves and guided a towering header into the back of Khaled Eisa's net.