AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar: Jahanbakhsh secures IR Iran victory over Syria
Tehran: A goal from captain-for-the-night Alireza Jahanbakhsh proved decisive as Islamic Republic of Iran defeated Syria 1-0 in their opening AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Group A clash at Azadi Stadium on Thursday.
Jahanbakhsh broke the deadlock with a deflected strike in the 56th minute, with three points in Group A Team Melli’s reward for breaking down Nizar Mahrous’ side on a night where clear-cut chances were few and far between.
The Iranians will have the chance to make it two wins from two when they face Iraq in Doha on Tuesday, while Syria will have the opportunity to bounce back against the United Arab Emirates in Amman.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Korea Republic held by gritty Iraq
Seoul: Korea Republic and Iraq began their AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar campaigns with a share of the points after a 0-0 draw in their Group A opener at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday.
An incredible miss from Lee Jae-sung in the first half aside, chances were few and far between in a match that saw possession dominated by the East Asians, but time and again they failed to breakdown a stalwart Iraqi rear-guard.
AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar: Lebanon deny UAE winning start at home
Dubai: The United Arab Emirates and Lebanon opened their Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar 2022 Group A campaign with a 0-0 draw at the Zabeel Stadium despite the home side dominating possession and chances throughout the entire 90 minutes.
UAE, seeking to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals for only the second time, will be disappointed with the result while Lebanon will walk talk after sealing their opening point of the campaign.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Al Sabhi stars as Oman stun Japan
Suita: Issam Al Sabhi struck two minutes from time as Oman claimed a shock 1-0 win over Japan to begin the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar campaign with a three-point haul at Suita Stadium in Osaka on Thursday.
Al Sabhi swept home Salah Al Yahyaei’s cross from the right to hand the Japanese their first defeat in nine games in qualifying for Qatar 2022 and leave Hajime Moriyasu and his team on the back foot after Matchday One of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Second half blitz powers Saudi Arabia past Vietnam
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia bounced back strongly in the second half to beat 10-man Vietnam 3-1 in their opening AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Group B match on Thursday.
Vietnam took the lead as early as the third minute when Nguyen Quang Hai slotted home from outside the box, but Do Duy Manh's red card in the 54th minute proved most costly as Saudi Arabia mounted a stunning comeback with Salem Al Dawsari and Saleh Al Shehri neatly converting their penalties together with Yasser Al Shahrani's stunning header to secure all three points at the King Saud University Stadium.
Cristiano Ronaldo hails Ali Daei after setting new goalscoring record
Kuala Lumpur: Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to Ali Daei after bettering the Islamic Republic of Iran legend's goalscoring record.
Ronaldo struck two late goals as Portugal came from behind to defeat Ireland 2-1 in their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier on Wednesday.
Ronaldo had missed a 15th minute penalty but equalised in the 89th minute with a header for his 110th international goal - one more than Daei - before outjumping the Irish defence again in the sixth minute of added time.