MD6 Preview - Group A: Syria, Philippines primed for decisive clash
Kuala Lumpur: Syria have a chance to go eight points clear on top of Group A, while the Philippines can put themselves in the thick of the qualification race when the two sides meet in Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.
Dubai will play host to that fixture, while Guam will travel to Malé for a clash with Maldives as the race to appear at two major tournaments continues.
Road to Qatar 2022 & China 2023: How it stands at the halfway point
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 reached the midway point following Thursday's Matchday Five.
There has been no shortage of excitement as the Continent's top 40 teams lock horns, with automatic qualification to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals guaranteed for the eight group winners and four best second-placed teams.
That will also seal them a place in the third round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, while the next 24 best-placed teams will advance to the final stage of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Search on for Lippi's successor as China PR head coach
Kuala Lumpur: The Chinese Football Association (CFA) will begin the search for a new head coach after accepting the resignation of Marcello Lippi following his side’s 2-1 loss against Syria in the Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
Lippi announced his intention to stand down from the role during the post-match press conference after Zhang Linpeng’s 76th minute own goal handed Syria a fourth win in a row to leave China PR’s hopes of advancing to the next round in jeopardy.
Dubai: Zhang Linpeng’s own goal 14 minutes from time earned Syria a 2-1 win over China PR at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on Thursday as Fajr Ibrahim’s side opened up a five-point gap at the top of Group A of the Asian Qualifiers.
Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang put the ball in his own net after Wu Lei had earlier cancelled out Osama Omari’s header to leave Marcello Lippi’s side in second place in the group, level on seven points with the Philippines after four matches.
It was a result which led to Lippi announcing his resignation, which was subsequently accepted by the Chinese Football Association.