World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Japan, Australia extend runs; Kyrgyzstan without a keeper

Whereas gamers from Japan, Australia and Syria have been extending successful streaks, a defender from Kyrgyzstan was having some problem dealing with a new task in Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Kyrgyzstan was pressured to play a second-round qualifier with a defender in aim on Monday as a result of all three of the nationwide crew’s goalkeepers have been self-isolating following a COVID-19 outbreak.

Aizar Akmatov as an alternative performed between the posts, permitting one aim in a 1-0 loss in Group F to Mongolia, which is ranked 192nd of FIFA’s 211 groups. Oyunbaataryn Mijiddorj scored within the thirty fourth minute for Mongolia, which posted its second win in eight matches however remained in final spot.

On the high of the group, Japan beat Tajikistan 4-1 for its seventh victory in seven matches on this stage.

Japan had already secured a place within the third spherical of qualifying.

Kyogo Furuhashi, Takumi Minamino, Kento Hashimoto and Hayao Kawabe all scored for Japan, whereas Ehsoni Panshanbe scored for Tajikistan — the primary aim Japan has conceded in 549 minutes.

Syria grew to become the second crew to advance to the third spherical with a 3-0 win over Guam in Sharjah, its seventh successive win in Group A.

Australia had a 5-1 win over Taiwan for its sixth straight victory in Group B, staying 5 factors away from Jordan. The Australians can transfer into the subsequent spherical with a win on Friday over Nepal. Targets from Harry Souttar, Jamie Maclaren, Trent Sainsbury and two from Mitchell Duke secured the factors, with Gao Wei-Jie scoring for Taiwan after 62 minutes.

“The efficiency was superb,” Australia’s head coach Graham Arnold mentioned. The Australians have a run of 4 video games inside two weeks, so squad rotation is a part of the method.

“We had a very inexperienced crew that was given a chance — solely a couple of senior gamers round them,” Arnold mentioned. “They dealt with all the things actually, very well.”

Solely the eight group winners progress routinely to the third spherical, which is about to start out in September, together with the 4 finest second-place groups.

China is eight factors behind Syria and might solely hope to complete second in Group A regardless of a 2-0 win in opposition to the Philippines. The objectives got here from Wu Lei and Wu Xinghan.

“It was a powerful recreation and a good win,” China coach Li Tie mentioned. “There are nonetheless two video games left however we’re centered solely on the subsequent one.”

Second-half objectives from FC Zenit striker Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi of Porto gave Iran a 3-0 win over Bahrain. Iran is in second place in Group C and simply two factors behind Iraq, which beat Cambodia 4-1.

Uzbekistan thrashed Singapore 5-0 to maneuver two factors behind Saudi Arabia in Group D, India posted its first victory in Group E with a 2-0 win over Bangladesh, and Vietnam stayed atop Group G with a 4-0 win over Indonesia in Dubai. United Arab Emirates moved into second, two factors behind, after defeating Thailand 3-1.

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