MD6 Preview - Group E: Afghanistan, India out to stay in touch
Kuala Lumpur: With the group increasingly resembling a two-horse race, both Afghanistan and India will aim to pull-off Matchday Six shocks when they face the respective heavyweights of Asian Qualifiers Group E on Tuesday.
Afghanistan will meet Qatar in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, while India face a trip to Oman in the final Matchday before the end of 2019.
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.
Dushanbe: India had to settle for yet another draw in their Asian Qualifiers campaign, needing a goal in added time to salvage a point against Afghanistan on Thursday, leaving head coach Igor Stimac to rue his side's lack of luck.
The South Asians looked to be heading for their second defeat in four Group E matches as the match entered into added time, only for Seiminlen Doungel to draw them level almost at the end.
Afghanistan had taken the lead through Zelfagar Nazary in first half stoppage time.
Muscat: A sparkling second-half display gave Oman a 4-1 win over Bangladesh in Group E of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
Oman were left frustrated in the opening 45 minutes by a determined Bangladesh at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. However the home side returned with four goals after the break to power past Jamie Day’s charges.
Oman moved within a point behind Qatar, who will be in action against Afghanistan next Tuesday and lead the standings with 10 points.