'Injustice' fires up 'sorry' Son and Korea Republic
Doha: A "united" Korea Republic will be fired up by a burning sense of injustice when they face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Friday as they fight to keep their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 campaign alive.
Head coach Paulo Bento and his players were left fuming at the conclusion of Monday's 3-2 defeat to Ghana after English referee Anthony Taylor blew the final whistle before they could take a corner.
The defeat, having stormed back from 2-0 down before Mohammed Kudus's 68th-minute winner for Ghana, left Son Heung-min's side on the brink of elimination ahead of their final Group H game against Portugal.
Al Wakrah: Graham Arnold will not make a final decision on his starting line-up for Australia’s crucial FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 clash with Denmark until Wednesday morning as the Socceroos hunt for the win that will guarantee them a place in the knockout rounds.
Arnold will wait to make last-minute checks on the fitness of right-back Nathaniel Atkinson and midfielder Ajdin Hrustic as he prepares his side for the game against the Europeans, with a spot in the last 16 at stake.
Al Khor: Qatar ended their FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Netherlands at the Al Bayt Stadium on Tuesday.
Eliminated after losing against Senegal last time out, Qatar had hoped for a stronger display in their last FIFA World Cup game on home soil but a desperate Netherlands side went for broke in hopes of securing top spot in the group, and they duly delivered.
Doha: Two rounds of fixtures have now been completed at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and five of Asia’s six teams remain in with a chance of reaching the knockout rounds.
The Matchday Two encounters saw a stunning win for the Islamic Republic of Iran and a long-awaited victory for Australia, while the results were more disappointing for hosts Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea Republic.
As the sides now look ahead to their final group games, the-AFC.com reflects on some of the statistics that caught the eye in the previous round of fixtures.