Asia’s football giants took centre stage as the continent’s second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ reached Matchday 2 on Tuesday.
Review the action via the match links below.
10 September: Results
- Philippines respond to their opening match disappointment in Group A, where they lost 5-2 at home to Syria, with a convincing victory in Guam.
- Ten-man Tajikistan become the first team to defeat Mongolia in a World Cup qualifying match in Ulaan-Baatar since 21 October 2007, when Korea DPR won 4-1. Mongolia had won four consecutive World Cup qualifying matches at home without conceding any goals before today.
- Anjan Bista’s brace sees Nepal inflict an eighth consecutive World Cup qualifying defeat on Chinese Taipei.
- Bahrain edge Cambodia in what was their 90th World Cup qualifying match in their history – their overall record in the competition is now 32 wins, 26 draws and 32 losses.
- Safuwan Bin Baharudin scores his fourth goal in World Cup qualifying history; he scored three during Russia 2018 qualifiers.
- IR Iran extend their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying to 22 consecutive matches (16 wins and six draws). Their most recent defeat in the competition was on 14 November 2012 in a 1-0 home loss to Uzbekistan.
- Takumi Minamino scores for the second consecutive international match, as he got on the scoresheet in an international friendly against Paraguay on 5 September.
- Thailand end a streak of 12 consecutive World Cup qualifying matches without a win (four draws and eight defeats).
- Ali Mabkhout scores his fifth World Cup qualifying goal against Malaysia – he has 11 in total – and before today’s brace, he scored a hat-trick in a 10-0 win over Malaysia during the Russia 2018 qualifying campaign.
- Afghani midfielder Farshad Noor nets his first goal for the national team, and it’s an important one. The 24-year-old’s successful effort in the 27th minute ends up sealing all three points for the hosts in Dushanbe.
- That’s a third straight World Cup qualifying win over Turkmenistan for Korea Republic in three meetings. The Taeguk Warriors scored in the 13th minute to take the lead through Na Sangho and shut the door with another goal in the 82nd minute from Jung Wooyoung.
- Sri Lanka remained resilient through the first half, and the match remained goalless until Korea DPR centre-back Jang Kukchol found the mark in the 67th minute. The visitors were unyielding defensively and ground out a road win.
- Yang Xu is now China PR’s joint-top scorer in World Cup qualifier history, drawing even with Hao Haidong on 13 goals. Xu’s 65th-minute penalty goal was China’s third of the match. Meanwhile, Brazilian-born forward Ai Kesen netted a brace in his debut for Team Dragon, scoring in the 83rd minute and again two minutes into second-half stoppage time.
- For the eighth consecutive time, Australia win their World Cup qualifying debut. Their last defeat in an opening match came against Fiji on 26 November 1988. All three Socceroos goals were scored in the first half against Kuwait, two from Mathew Leckie and one from Aaron Mooy.
- Yemen secure a draw against Saudi Arabia for the first time since 2002, taking the lead twice in the tie before the visitors answered each time. Midfielder Mohsen Mohamed’s goal inside 10 minutes had the home crowd roaring. However, Saudi Arabia’s comeback earned them a point on the road.
- An impressive result for India against the Asian champions in Doha. The Blue Tigers defence did enough to keep the hosts off the scoreboard, standing tall against 13 shots on target and 63 per cent possession for the Qataris.