Taha rues Lebanon mistakes after Asian Qualifiers defeat to Turkmenistan
Goyang City: Lebanon head coach Jamal Taha has admitted that late errors cost his side as the West Asians suffered a major blow to their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification hopes following a 3-2 loss to Turkmenistan on Wednesday.
Having fallen behind just before the hour mark at Goyang Stadium, quick-fire goals from Rabih Ataya and Sonny Saad saw the Lebanese head into the final 10 minutes with a 2-1 lead, only to concede first in the 85th minute and then in stoppage time – after captain Nour Mansour had been sent off – as crucial points were dropped.
Victory would have seen Lebanon head into their final Group H game level on points with table-toppers Korea Republic and with a very realistic chance of securing a place at the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals and in the final round of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers, while the loss could potentially leave them needing a result against the Koreans.
Bento: Korea Republic's Asian Qualifiers victory was for Yoo Sang-chul
Goyang: In what has been an emotional week for football fans across Korea Republic after the passing of Yoo Sang-chul, Paulo Bento has dedicated the Taeguk Warriors' 5-0 win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday to the 2002 FIFA World Cup hero.
After a long battle with cancer Yoo – who was an integral part of the the Korea Republic side that reached the FIFA World Cup semi-finals on home soil, and scored in their opening-day win over Poland – died on Monday.
As the Taeguk Warriors continued their quest to reach the first FIFA World Cup in Asia since those heady days in 2002 by easing past Sri Lanka in the Asian Qualifiers, Portuguese coach Bento was keen to recognise a true legend of Korea football.
Chhetri hails teamwork as India target winning end to Asian Qualifiers campaign
Doha: Sunil Chhetri has credited the cohesive efforts of the team and head coach Igor Stimac in India's Asian Qualifiers campaign for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
India defeated Bangladesh 2-0 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Monday to sit third in Group E with six points, one point ahead of Afghanistan, who have two games in hand.
Victory against the Central Asians in their final match on Tuesday will certainly boost their hopes of sealing a place in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 with Chhetri saying that the team are fully in sync with Stimac’s coaching methods.
Mase: Defensive work paved way for Mongolia's 'historic' Asian Qualifiers triumph over Kyrgyz Republic
Osaka: Shuichi Mase has hailed his side's defensive improvement and battling spirit after Mongolia claimed a famous 1-0 victory over Krygyz Republic in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday.
Almost 100 places below their opponents in the FIFA World Rankings and having lost their last competitive match 14-0 against Japan back in March, Mongolia began the match at Yanmar Stadium Nagai with defeat expected, but produced a memorable display that saw them pick up their second victory of the campaign.
Oyunbaatar Mijiddorj grabbed the headlines as his first-half header proved the difference, but for Japanese coach Mase – who watched the defeat to his homeland from the stands prior to his appointment – this was a victory full of defensive discipline that reflected the hard work on the training ground of the world's 192nd-ranked team.
Natiq: Iraq need complete solidarity to reach the FIFA World Cup
Muharraq: Thirty-five years have passed since Iraq debuted at the FIFA World Cup. That team was spearheaded by the late Ahmed Radi, who beat none other than Belgium’s Jean-Marie Pfaff to score the country's one and only goal at football’s premier event.
Now, three-and-a-half decades on, a new generation of Iraqis believe they can end the team's long hiatus. With two matchdays remaining in the second round of of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the Lions of Mesopotamia lead the way in Group C.
Jordan’s new approach did the trick against Nepal in Asian Qualifiers triumph, says Borkelmans
Kuwait City: Jordan head coach Vital Borkelmans was pleased with his side’s horses for courses approach, after a tactical switch helped his team to an important 3-0 Asian Qualifiers win against Nepal on Monday.
A switch to a two-man frontline of Baisa Faisal and Yazan Al Naimat paid dividends for Al Nashama, who went two goals ahead thanks to a Faisal brace before defender Yazan Al Arab made the points safe in the 67th minute.
Australia’s Arnold delighted as young guns deliver five-star Asian Qualifiers performance against Chinese Taipei
Kuwait City: Australia head coach Graham Arnold was full of praise for his young brigade after they played a key role in a 5-1 win over Chinese Taipei on Monday.
Harry Souttar, in his third appearance, opened the scoring, and two-cap midfielder Riley McGree bagged two assists, while exciting playmaker Denis Genreau was one of three players to make their international debut, along with Connor Metcalfe and Ruon Tongyik.