Renard praises Saudi Arabia talent after win in Uzbekistan
Tashkent: Head coach Hervé Renard has praised both the dedication and talent of his Saudi Arabia players after they twice came from behind to beat Uzbekistan 3-2 in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
At a typically atmospheric Pakhtakor Stadium in Tashkent, home favourite Eldor Shomurodov gave Uzbekistan the lead on 16 minutes, only to see Salman Al Faraj restore parity from the spot shortly after.
Uzbekistan went ahead for a second time in the 56th minute courtesy of an Otabek Shukurov penalty, before Al Faraj scored his second goal on the night with five minutes remaining and Salem Al Dawsari netted a late winner as Saudi Arabia claimed their second win of the Asian Qualifiers.
Muharraq: Yemen injected new life into their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers campaign with a much-needed 1-0 win over Palestine at the Sheikh Ali Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium on Thursday.
Winless in their opening three matches, Yemen climbed from fifth to third in Group D with the victory, which was secured thanks to Omar Abdullah Al Dahi’s second-half strike.
Palestine, who played the majority of the match with 10 men after the early dismissal of Mahmoud Abu Warda, dropped one place to fourth, missing the opportunity to climb as high as second at the halfway point of this stage of the Asian Qualifiers.
Amman: Iraq head coach Srečko Katanec said that his side deserved their 2-1 win against Islamic Republic of Iran in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Substitute Ali Abbas’ added-time strike secured the victory for Iraq who took the lead through Mohanad Ali after just 11 minutes before Iran drew level in the 25th minute through Ahmed Nourollahi.
Kuala Lumpur: Brendan Gan of Malaysia was delighted his sacrifice to leave his newborn son for national duties paid off handsomely when he helped his side defeat Thailand in the Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
The 31-year-old midfielder sparked a brilliant comeback for Malaysia, who trailed to Chanathip Songkrasin’s early strike, before Gan scored one and assisted the winning goal for Mohamadou Sumareh in the second half.
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.