Saudi Arabia’s Renard calls for focus after Asian Qualifiers win over Yemen, Qasim laments lack of match practice
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia head coach Herve Renard called for his side to remain grounded after they swept Yemen aside 3-0 in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Saturday.
Salem Al Dawsari opened the scoring for his country and Fahad Al Muwallad followed up with a first-half brace as the game was put to bed before the break. Unlike in their 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture, Yemen were unable to pose any serious threat throughout Saturday’s fixture.
Asian Qualifiers - Group A Preview: Guam the centre of attention as Syria eye qualification, China PR seek lifeline ahead of Philippines tie
Sharjah: Syria go into the meeting with already-eliminated Guam knowing they can secure their place in the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and a berth at the Finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 with a win.
China PR, meanwhile will be hoping Guam - without a point after six matches - can do them a favour by denying Syria to give Li Tie's side hope of finishing top in the group, the only option to book a confirmed berth in the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Asian Qualifiers - Group B Preview: No margin for error in Jordan's return against Nepal, Australia expect more of the same against Chinese Taipei
Kuwait City: Jordan are back in action but must take three points from their match against Nepal to boost their hopes of progression, while unbeaten Australia will look to keep the good times rolling against Chinese Taipei as Group B continues on Monday.
With the race to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 continuing to take shape, much hinges on the results of Monday’s matches, both of which pit a heavy favourite against an unfancied outsider.
Asian Qualifiers - Group C Preview: Race resumes as Bahrain, Iraq, IR Iran chase top spot
Muharraq: The battle for top spot in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 continues on Monday with Bahrain, Iraq and Islamic Republic of Iran in contention.
Bahrain jumped into pole position after last Thursday's 8-0 defeat of Cambodia to move to 12 points - one ahead of Iraq who have a match in hand.
Iran, who have also only played five matches so far, moved to nine points after their 3-1 win over Hong Kong.
Asian Qualifiers - Group D Preview: Singapore in the way as Uzbekistan bid to stay on track
Riyadh: Uzbekistan resume their Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Group D campaign as they take on Singapore at King Fahd International Stadium on Monday.
The two sides met in Singapore on Matchday Four with Uzbekistan emerging 3-1 winners. Odil Ahmedov’s early opener was cancelled out by Singapore’s Ikhsan Fandi just before the break. Eldor Shomurodov’s second-half brace settled matters for the Uzbeks.
Asian Qualifiers - Group E Preview: Oman, Qatar set to settle matters, Bangladesh, India in crucial showdown
Doha: The race for top spot in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 will conclude at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Monday if Qatar avoid defeat against Oman.
India and Bangladesh, meanwhile, will fight it out in their bid to gain automatic places in the third round of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup.
Asian Qualifiers – Group F Preview: Japan out to stay perfect, Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic target second place
Osaka: Hosts Japan will look to make it a perfect seven wins from seven in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers when they go up against Tajikistan on Monday while Kyrgyz Republic will be eyeing a move into the top two ahead of their clash with Mongolia.
As the sides in Group H continue their quests to reach the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the-AFC.com looks at the state of play ahead of the next round of fixtures.