On the eve of the matches of the 9th round of the third round of the Asian qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
In Group A, the intrigue died a long time ago - the teams of the Republic of Korea and Iran qualified ahead of schedule for the World Cup in winter, so their face-to-face confrontation yesterday was more of a friendly character. As a result, Korea defeated Iran with a score of 2:0 and came out on top in the group - 23 points, Iran - 22.
The Syrian national team defeated the Lebanese team (3:0). The Iraqi team defeated the United Arab Emirates (1:0) in a parallel match.
Now, in the last round, the fight for third place will unfold, giving the right to play in the joints - 9 points for the UAE, 8 for Iraq. Lebanon has 6 points, Syria has 5.
In the central match of group B, the Japanese team defeated the Australian team with a score of 2:0 in the away match. A brace was scored by midfielder Kaori Mitoma, scoring in the 89th minute and in stoppage time.
Thus, the Japanese, having scored 21 points, guaranteed themselves a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Australians (15 points) will definitely remain third and will play in the play-offs with a team that took a similar place in Group A.
Note that the victory of Japan brought a ticket to the World Cup and the team of Saudi Arabia (20 points), which is ahead of Australia by 5 points.
Yesterday, the Saudi Arabia national team played a draw with China (1:1), and Vietnam lost to Oman - 0:1. Oman has 11 points, China has 6, Vietnam has 3.
Matches of the final, 10th round of the third round of the Asian qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be held on March 29.
At the moment, 19 participants in the final tournament are known. This is Qatar - the host team, representatives of the AFC - Iran, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia, as well as Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Croatia, Germany, England, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay.
World Cup 2022. Qualifying Tournament in Asia:
9th round. March 24, 2022.
Iraq - UAE - 1: 0
Republic of Korea - Iran - 2: 0
Lebanon - Syria - 0: 3
Australia - Japan - 0: 2
Vietnam - Oman - 0:1
China - Saudi Arabia - 1:1
10th round, March 29, 2022:
Iran - Lebanon
UAE - Republic of Korea
Syria - Iraq
Oman - China
Saudi Arabia - Australia
Japan - Vietnam