Guwahati: Oman national team coach Erwin Koeman was a happy man after seeing his side come from a goal down to beat India 2-1 in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Sunil Chhetri had put India ahead in the first half but a late brace from Rabia Alawi Al Mandhar gave Oman three valuable points at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati.
Guwahati: Head coach Igor Stimac and captain Sunil Chhetri are looking at the positives despite India falling to a heartbreaking late defeat to Oman in their opening Asian Qualifiers Group E match on Thursday.
Just when India started thinking Chhetri's 24th minute goal would be enough to claim the first three points of their bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, Rabia Alawi Al Mandhar struck twice in the final eight minutes to secure the win for Oman at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
Singapore: Head coach Sami Al Nash has declared his satisfaction after seeing Yemen draw 2-2 with Singapore in their opening Asian Qualifiers Group D match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Yemen had a 2-1 lead by the end of the first half at the Singapore National Stadium, but Faris Ramli’s second-half effort earned the hosts a share of the spoils.
Manama: Bahrain head coach Hélio Sousa and his Iraq counterpart Srečko Katanec expressed satisfaction with their 1-1 draw in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
The first step of both teams journey on the road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 saw Komail Al Aswad give the home side an early lead at the Bahrain National Stadium, only for Mohanad Ali to strike late to give Iraq a share of the points.
West Bank: There were mixed emotions at the Faisal Al Husseini Stadium following Palestine's 2-0 victory against Uzbekistan in their Asian Qualifiers Group D match on Thursday.
It was both teams' first step towards the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 but at the end of 90 minutes, strikes by Oday Dabbagh and Islam Batran meant Palestine head coach Noureddine Ould Ali sported a broad smile while Uzbekistan counterpart Hector Cuper was left to ponder on what could have been.