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FIFA World Cup 2022 – News – Mixed results for heavyweights across Asia and South America

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FIFA World Cup 2022™ - News - Mixed results for heavyweights across Asia and South America
  • Qatar 2022 qualifying continued on each side of the world on Thursday
  • Important wins for IR Iran & UAE, Australia stay good
  • Colombia and Bolivia shine, Argentina held at residence by Chile

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying gathered steam on reverse sides of the globe on Thursday with a large spherical of motion across Asia and South America.

IR Iran and United Arab Emirates each notably improved their possibilities with essential wins. Later within the day there have been a lot-wanted wins for Bolivia and Colombia, though Argentina had been held 1-1 at residence by Chile.

FIFA.com critiques the matchday with the motion to renew on Friday within the Concacaf area, whereas Brazil will host Ecuador.

South American qualifiers (All Matches)

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Bolivia’s star striker Marcelo Martins delivered simply when it was most wanted as the house facet claimed their first win of the marketing campaign over the visiting Venezuela. The striker grew to become his nation’s highest scorer in World Cup qualifiers (18), having netted both finish of a contest which was evenly poised at 1-1 on the half-time break.

It was a far tenser affair in Montevideo with neither Uruguay or the visiting Paraguay capable of get on the scoresheet. The consequence retains Albirroja unbeaten after 5 matches, whereas the 2-time World Cup winners are stage on factors in a congested mid-desk.

It was a typical gritty contest in Buenos Aires as Chile got here away with a tough-gained level. Argentina took the lead although a Lionel Messi spot-kick halfway by means of the primary half, however ever-dependable veteran Alexis Sanchez drew La Roja stage earlier than the break. The consequence meant Argentina missed the chance to take momentary maintain of high spot with leaders Brazil not in motion till tomorrow.

Colombia had been essentially the most spectacular victors of the day and gave their marketing campaign a a lot-wanted enhance with a 3-0 triumph in opposition to Russia 2018 individuals Peru. Goals both facet of the break did the injury in Lima and allowed Colombia to maneuver as much as sixth following on from their horror begin to Qatar 2022 qualifying.

Results across Asia (All matches)

Bangladesh and Afghanistan shared the spoils in Group E. Centre-back Topu Barman grabbed a late equaliser – his first World Cup qualifying aim – to assist the hosts safe their second level of the marketing campaign. Elsewhere in Group E, World Cup hosts Qatar edged India 1-0 to increase their lead on the high of the group and to stay unbeaten.

Regular World Cup finals individuals IR Iran opened Group C play on the day with a 3-1 victory over Hong Kong. Team Melli had been in second place within the group for solely a few hours earlier than Bahrain thrashed Cambodia 8-0 to leapfrog Iraq into first place. It was Bahrain’s second-greatest victory in World Cup qualifying historical past – their greatest win was in February 2012 once they beat Indonesia 10-0 – giving their aim distinction an enormous enhance in an especially tight race for first.

In Group B, Nepal secured a 2-0 victory over Chinese Taipei to repeat the consequence when the 2 nations met within the reverse fixture again in September 2019. After 567 days, the nation’s longest spell with out taking the sphere for the reason that early Sixties, Australia returned in fashion and Mathew Leckie wanted simply 53 seconds to get on the scoresheet, heading residence to kick-begin a 3-0 victory in opposition to Kuwait. Ajdin Hrustic sealed the win with an excellent free-kick to present the Socceroos a 5-level cushion on the high of the part.

One of the hardest teams to name is Group G. Vietnam nonetheless discover themselves two factors clear on the summit, however the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Malaysia are all on 9 factors, with Vietnam and the UAE having a recreation in hand. Thailand can be disillusioned with a 2-2 draw in opposition to Indonesia, who snapped an 11-match dropping streak in World Cup qualifiers as they twice got here from behind to get their first level of the marketing campaign. The UAE accomplished the double over Malaysia in successive World Cup qualifying campaigns in a snug 4-0 win.


United Arab Emirates vs Malaysia, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying

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Palestine and Singapore had been the one groups in motion in Group D. The Palestinians had been spectacular and gained 4-0 to snap a 3-recreation dropping streak and to finish a 4-recreation aim drought in World Cup qualifying matches.

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