Beijing: Birmingham City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has pulled out of the Philippines’ upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers in China PR, the Azkals confirmed on Saturday.
Etheridge is one of several withdrawals from the squad prior to their departure for Suzhou, where the Philippines will face China, Guam and the Maldives in Group A of the preliminaries.
Group F: Perfect Japan cruise past Myanmar to confirm Asian Qualifiers' third round berth
Chiba: Yuya Osako scored five times as Japan brushed aside Myanmar at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba on Friday, recording an emphatic 10-0 win to secure their place in the third round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers as well as a berth at the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 as Group F winners.
The win, Japan’s sixth in a row in qualifying, maintains the Samurai Blue’s perfect record in the group and means Hajime Moriyasu’s side cannot be passed by nearest rivals Tajikistan or Kyrgyz Republic with two games remaining.
Moriyasu fielded an experienced starting line-up that signalled his determination to complete the job of qualification with the minimum of fuss, and the tactic paid off as the Japanese made short work of the visitors.
Kuala Lumpur: More than 18 months since the majority of countries last took part in competitive action, the Asian Qualifiers are set to return on May 28 at eight centralised venues across the continent.
With the action coming thick and fast over a two-week period during which teams will look to secure a place in the next round of qualifying, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on some of the form players who will be representing their nations.
Kuala Lumpur: Excitement is building ahead of the return of the Asian Qualifiers in the coming days as the sides continue on the road towards the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
As fans prepare for the resumption of the second round of qualifying, the-AFC.com winds the clock back to campaigns of years gone by, which have thrown up some of the most memorable matches in Asian football history.
Suzhou: More than 18 months since the last ball was kicked in Group A of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the competition will resume on May 30 as the five sides get set to continue their campaigns in the Chinese city of Suzhou.
Syria currently lead the way with a hugely impressive five wins from five and they start as clear favourites to progress to the third round of qualifying, while the pressure is on hosts China PR who sit eight points back, level with the Philippines.
The Maldives still have aspirations of a top-two finish and Guam are seeking their first points of the campaign. Ahead of the opening game between China and Guam on Sunday, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at Group A.
Kuwait: The long wait is finally over, and Asia’s top men’s national teams are soon to resume their respective bids to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
It has been 18 long months since a ball was kicked in Group B – featuring, Australia, Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei – and with a wait like that, one could be forgiven for needing a refresher course before the action resumes.
But fear not, the-AFC.com is here to bring you all need to know about the finely poised group, including a run-down on the venues and how the teams currently stand, plus we pick out a key man from each of the five sides.
Manama: After more than 18 months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 returns.
Group C is among the most intriguing in the competition, with Iraq leading the way from Bahrain and five-time FIFA World Cup qualifiers the Islamic Republic of Iran sitting in third, with a crucial game in hand over the teams above them.
Here, the-AFC.com looks at the situation in the group as the five teams prepare to lock horns and pick out a key player to watch from each of the teams.