Asian Playoff - 2nd Leg: Draw enough for Vietnam to deny Lebanon Finals ticket
Khor Fakkan: Vietnam secured the final Asian ticket for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 after 1-1 draw against Lebanon in their second leg playoff tie on Tuesday, with the Southeast Asian side advancing on away goals.
Vietnam took the lead through Chau Doan Phat with Ali Tneich equalising for Lebanon but it was not to be enough for the West Asians to seal a place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup for the first time.
Vietnam join Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Uzbekistan and Thailand, who were the other playoff winners, in the tournament Finals, scheduled to kick off on September 12.
Manama: After more than 18 months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 returns.
Group C is among the most intriguing in the competition, with Iraq leading the way from Bahrain and five-time FIFA World Cup qualifiers the Islamic Republic of Iran sitting in third, with a crucial game in hand over the teams above them.
Here, the-AFC.com looks at the situation in the group as the five teams prepare to lock horns and pick out a key player to watch from each of the teams.
Riyadh: Three months after Saudi Arabia faced Yemen in the most recent game of the group, the five teams of Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 reconvene in the Saudi capital Riyadh for the remaining seven matches.
With the group having passed the halfway point, Saudi Arabia hold the advantage at the top going into the three-week run-in on home soil, Uzbekistan and Singapore remain within touching distance of the hosts while Palestine are bottom and practically out of contention.
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.
Kuwait: The long wait is finally over, and Asia’s top men’s national teams are soon to resume their respective bids to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
It has been 18 long months since a ball was kicked in Group B – featuring, Australia, Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei – and with a wait like that, one could be forgiven for needing a refresher course before the action resumes.
But fear not, the-AFC.com is here to bring you all need to know about the finely poised group, including a run-down on the venues and how the teams currently stand, plus we pick out a key man from each of the five sides.
Damjanovic firmly focused on AFC Champions League all time topscorer accolade
Hong Kong: With 36 goals, Dejan Damjanovic is the second-highest scorer in the history of the AFC Champions League. But, as he embarks on another campaign in the competition with new club Kitchee, the veteran forward is hoping to finally write his name in the record books.
Dejan Damjanovic may have left the K League behind and made Hong Kong his new home, but one thing remains true: the Montenegrin still knows how to score goals.