Preview - Group A: Guam in the way as China PR bid to keep Asian Qualifiers campaign on track
Suzhou: China PR have no room for error when they play Guam in Group A of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Sunday.
The clash at the Suzhou Olympic Center Stadium comes 18 months after the last ball was kicked in Group A as the COVID-19 pandemic halted the Asian Qualifiers, with China eight points behind leaders Syria.
Although China have a match in hand, their hopes of advancing to the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup depend on Syria dropping points in their remaining matches.
Moriyasu hails players after win over Myanmar takes Japan through to third round of Asian Qualifiers
Chiba: Hajime Moriyasu commended his players’ relentless approach after the Samurai Blue booked their place in the third round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with a thumping 10-0 win over Myanmar.
The Japanese also sealed their spot at the Finals of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 as Group F winners with the victory, their sixth in a row in the current phase of qualifying, as Moriyasu’s side confirmed their progress to the next phase with two games remaining.
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.
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.
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.
Asian Qualifiers set for epic return and decisive battles
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ is set to return with the spotlight shining brightly on Group F leaders and centralised host Japan who will take on Myanmar on Friday at the Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba.
The COVID-19 pandemic restricted the Asian Qualifiers to just four matches since November 2019, but after much anticipation, the stage is set for 57 matches to be played over 19 days of thrilling action as the race to qualify for the final rounds of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ reaches its climax in eight centralised venues across the Continent.
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.