The national teams of Japan and Saudi Arabia won tickets to the final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the qualifying tournament of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) zone.
On Thursday, the Japanese national team beat Australia 2-0 away in the qualifying group B match. The victory was brought to the Japanese by Kaoru Mitoma, who scored a double at the end of the meeting (89th and fourth added minutes).
After this victory, the Japanese team scored 21 points and moved into first place in the group table before the last round of qualification. The Saudi Arabian team (19 points), which dropped to second place, is 4 points ahead of the Australian team, and the Australians will definitely not be able to catch up with the Arab team.
The national teams of Japan and Saudi Arabia became the 16th and 17th participants in the final part of the World Cup in Qatar. The Japanese team made it to the finals of the World Cup for the seventh time in a row, the Japanese have not missed a single tournament since 1998. The Saudi Arabian national team reached their sixth World Cup in history.
The Iranian national football team made it to the finals of the 2022 World Cup, becoming the second participant in the tournament from Asia after the host team, the national team of Qatar
The Iranian national team, without the participation of Zenit footballer Serdar Azmoun, won a ticket to the final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
On Thursday, January 27, the Iranian team defeated the Iraqi team in the qualifying tournament with a score of 1:0 and secured at least the second place in the group A table at the end of the stage.
Porto's forward Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal in the match in the 48th minute. The Iranian team scored 19 points in seven matches, topping the group table and ten points clear of the UAE's third-placed team, who beat Syria 2-0 on Thursday.
The Iranian national team became the 14th participant in the finals of the World Cup and the first team to qualify for the tournament through the Asian qualifiers. World Cup hosts Qatar have been exempted from qualifying.
Azmoun was unable to attend the national team due to disagreements between the Iranian Football Federation and Zenit. First , information appeared in the media that Azmun had passed a positive test for coronavirus, after the head coach of the Iranian national team, Drakan Skosic , said that the striker had a negative test, but Zenit did not let him go to the national team, and the Iranian side turned to FIFA.
On Thursday, the press service of Zenit, in turn, stated that the club did not let Azmun go to the national team because the call to the team came to him later than the deadline.