We should have scored more, says UAE's van Marwijk
Dubai: Head coach Bert van Marwijk said United Arab Emirates, despite winning 5-0, should have have scored more goals in their Asian Qualifiers Group G tie against Indonesia on Thursday.
Ali Mabkhout - as was the case against Malaysia last month - was the star of the night with a hat-trick as he became the UAE's all-time topscorer with 54 goals. Khalil Ibrahim and Tareq Ahmed were the other scorers at Al Maktoum Stadium as the West Asians moved to the top of the standings.
Dubai: UAE’s Ali Mabkhout entered the history books with a hat-trick as UAE defeated Singapore 5-0 at Al Maktoum Stadium in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
The UAE had labored to a 2-1 victory in Malaysia and looked to kickstart their campaign with a strong performance in Bert van Marwijk’s home debut. Meanwhile, having conceded three goals in each of their previous two games, the night was all about damage limitation for bottom-placed Indonesia.
Hanoi: Vietnam got their Asian Qualifiers campaign back on track after defeating Malaysia 1-0 in Group G at the My Dinh National Stadium on Thursday.
Vietnam broke the deadlock at the stroke of half-time through Nguyen Quang Hai as the 2018 AFF Cup champions added three points to the one they had collected against Thailand in a 0-0 draw on Matchday One.
It was Malaysia's second consecutive defeat after having fallen 2-1 to United Arab Emirates on Matchday Two, having opened their campaign with a 3-2 win over Indonesia.
Tehran: Marc Wilmots was glowing with pride after seeing his Islamic Republic of Iran side produce a wonderful display of attacking football against Cambodia in their Asian Qualifiers Group C tie on Thursday.
Karim Ansarifard scored four, Sardar Azmoun three, Mehdi Taremi and Mohammad Mohebi two each with Ahmad Noorollahi, Hossein Kanaani and Mehrdad Mohammadi also on the scoresheet as Team Melli took another step towards qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Sanchez full of praise for ‘impressive’ Qatar display
Dhaka: Qatar head coach Felix Sanchez has praised both his side’s character and performance after the Group E leaders overcame difficult playing conditions to beat Bangladesh 2-0 on Matchday Three of the Asian Qualifiers.
Yusuf Abdurisag’s first-half goal and a late strike from Karim Boudiaf helped seal all three points for Sanchez’s charges on a night when, despite the damp conditions, they maintained their push to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
With a crucial trip to second-placed Oman looming large on Tuesday, the Spanish tactician was left in doubt as to the importance of the victory following a job well done for 2019 AFC Asian Cup winners at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Saitama: Yuto Nagatomo revelled in scoring his first goal in a decade as Japan strolled to a 6-0 win over Mongolia on Thursday to establish themselves at the summit of Group F of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The Galatasaray full-back netted his side’s third goal in a comfortable win over their East Asian rivals after Takumi Minamino had given Hajime Moriyasu’s side the lead and Maya Yoshida doubled the home team’s advantage.