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.
Renard praises Saudi Arabia talent after win in Uzbekistan
Tashkent: Head coach Hervé Renard has praised both the dedication and talent of his Saudi Arabia players after they twice came from behind to beat Uzbekistan 3-2 in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
At a typically atmospheric Pakhtakor Stadium in Tashkent, home favourite Eldor Shomurodov gave Uzbekistan the lead on 16 minutes, only to see Salman Al Faraj restore parity from the spot shortly after.
Uzbekistan went ahead for a second time in the 56th minute courtesy of an Otabek Shukurov penalty, before Al Faraj scored his second goal on the night with five minutes remaining and Salem Al Dawsari netted a late winner as Saudi Arabia claimed their second win of the Asian Qualifiers.
Muharraq: Yemen injected new life into their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers campaign with a much-needed 1-0 win over Palestine at the Sheikh Ali Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium on Thursday.
Winless in their opening three matches, Yemen climbed from fifth to third in Group D with the victory, which was secured thanks to Omar Abdullah Al Dahi’s second-half strike.
Palestine, who played the majority of the match with 10 men after the early dismissal of Mahmoud Abu Warda, dropped one place to fourth, missing the opportunity to climb as high as second at the halfway point of this stage of the Asian Qualifiers.