MD6 Preview - Group H: Top spot beckons DPR Korea, Lebanon, Turkmenistan
Kuala Lumpur: Korea Republic will play Brazil in a high-profile friendly on Tuesday but the Taeguk Warriors will also be keeping an eye on how Matchday Six in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers ends.
So tight is the race to win the group that Korea Republic could find themselves dropping to third in the standings after the final whistle is blown for the Lebanon-DPR Korea and Turkmenistan-Sri Lanka ties.
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.
Beirut: Captain Son Heung-min and forward Hwang Ui-jo have apologised for not putting their chances away after Korea Republic were held to a 0-0 draw by Lebanon in their Asian Qualifiers Group H match on Thursday.
It was the East Asians second draw, having been held 0-0 by DPR Korea in Pyongyang last month, but Son and Hwang admitted that the Taeguk Warriors should have taken full points against Lebanon.
Beirut: Korea Republic dropped points for the second successive match as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Lebanon in a closely contested FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers Group H encounter in Beirut.
Following on from their Matchday Four stalemate with DPR Korea in Pyongyang, Paulo Bento’s charges were unable to find a way past a resolute Lebanon defence and impressive host goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil, although the result has left them one point clear at the summit.
The draw, meanwhile, has lifted Lebanon to second and left them hot on the heels of their table-topping opponents who will now not be in action again until March’s home game against Turkmenistan.