MD2 Preview - Group B: Chinese Taipei vs Nepal; Kuwait vs Australia
Kuala Lumpur: A confident Kuwait will be raring to play Australia while Chinese Taipei and Nepal need three points after suffering defeats in their opening FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers campaigns on Matchday One.
Kuwait played sublime football to defeat Nepal 7-0 while Chinese Taipei were edged 2-1 by Jordan on Thursday.
MD2 Preview - Group A: Guam vs Philippines; Maldives vs China PR
Kuala Lumpur: Matchday Two of Group A will see China PR kicking off their Asian Qualifiers bid as Maldives look to build on their winning start while Guam and Philippines will be desperate for the three points after having suffered losses on Thursday.
Maldives carved out a hard-fought 1-0 win over Guam in Dededo to pick up three valuable points in their bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 while Philippines suffered a 5-2 defeat to Syria on Matchday One.
Kuwait City: Captain Mark Milligan has been ruled out of Australia's opening Asian Qualifiers Group B match against Kuwait on Tuesday.
Milligan, who is nursing a leg injury, has returned to his club, Southend United, with versatile Melbourne Victory defender Thomas Deng replacing him for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying tie.
Chinese Taipei on track for bigger things, says skipper Chen
Taipei: The painful experience of narrowly missing out on a place at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Finals is driving Chinese Taipei onto bigger and better things, claims national team captain Chen Po-liang.
The East Asians missed out on their first AFC Asian Cup Finals appearance since 1968 – their second of two - by a solitary point as they fell short of qualifying at the hands of Bahrain and Turkmenistan.
But for a team from a nation where baseball dominates the sporting scene, those performances have given Chinese Taipei a greater sense of belief.
Kuwait City: Kuwait scored an emphatic 7-0 victory over Nepal in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on Thursday.
The 1980 AFC Asian Cup winners were returninig to the Qualifiers after five years, having missed out on the 2019 qualifying campaign following their suspension by FIFA.
Taipei: Jordan survived a late scare to make a winning start to the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Thursday as Vital Borkelmans’ side claimed a 2-1 win over Chinese Taipei in challenging conditions.
Baha Faisal and Ahmad Sameer had given the Jordanians a two-goal cushion by the halftime break on a rain-soaked pitch before Weh Chih-hao’s strike for Chinese Taipei ensured a nervous final nine minutes plus stoppage time before Jordan confirmed their opening win in Group B.
Heavy rain over the preceding two days made the pitch at the Taipei Municipal Stadium a challenge for both sides, but Borkelmans’ side brushed those difficulties aside to take a two-goal lead into the half-time break.