Bahrain is facing Iran… and the UAE is in a complicated mission

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Bahrain is facing Iran… and the UAE is in a complicated mission

A point separates Qatar from qualifying… Iraq is stalking the Asian lead


Monday – 26 Shawwal 1442 AH – 07 June 2021 AD Issue No. [
15532]


From the Emirates exercises in preparation for the confrontation (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Dubai: «Middle East»

Today, the Asian double qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup continue. Syria is looking to secure its lead when it meets Guam in Sharjah, in the ninth round of Group A competitions.
Syria will be a candidate, at least on paper, to maintain its ideal record and achieve its seventh successive victory at the expense of the last Guam, which lost the first leg between the two teams 4-0.
Syria’s victory will guarantee it the top of the group and its qualification to the 2023 Asian Cup in China and the decisive role for the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, regardless of the result of its last match with China scheduled for the 15th of this month, since it is currently ahead of the latter by 8 points, but with a match more than « the Dragon”.
The Syrian national team will play against Guam with a squad that misses most of the main players, in order to rest them for the match against China.
In Group G in Dubai, the UAE is playing a difficult match against Thailand, which they defeated 1-2, while Vietnam plays with Indonesia.
Vietnam leads the standings with 11 points, in front of the second Emirates with 9 points, with a goal difference from Thailand and Malaysia, while Indonesia occupies the last place with one point.
The UAE made a strong comeback by beating Malaysia 4-0, and is therefore looking forward to a second successive victory against Thailand, which achieved a surprising result by drawing 2-2 with Indonesia.
In Group C, Bahrain and Iran will face a strong confrontation expected at Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa, while Iraq will play Cambodia at Ali Bin Mohammed Stadium in Arad.
The Bahraini team leads with 12 points from six matches, followed by Iraq with 11 points from five matches, while Iran occupies third place (9 points) in front of Hong Kong (5 points) and finally Cambodia (one point). The three, which bring the winner closer to kidnapping the qualification for the Asian Cup and the final round, armed with the ground factor, the Bahrain team seeks to repeat its superiority over Iran after winning it 1-0 in the first leg in October 2019 before the “Corona” pandemic. The Bahraini team enters the meeting with the ecstasy of the great victory over Cambodia with eight goals, without a response, while its Iranian counterpart is facing the confrontation against the background of its easy victory over Hong Kong 3-1 in the last round.
In the other confrontation, the Iraqi team hopes to achieve an expected victory at the expense of Cambodia, with the hope that Bahrain will stumble against Iran in order to pounce on the lead.
In the second group, in which the first place and qualification for the Asian Cup and the final round seem decided in favor of Australia, leaders, by 5 points from its closest followers, before its meeting Monday with the last Taiwan (without points), the Jordan team seeks to take advantage of the fall of Kuwait in the previous round against “Sokeros” » By three clean points, to take second place, provided that he beat Nepal in the capital, Kuwait, which is hosting this group. Jordan occupies third place (10 points from 5 matches) with a goal difference, behind second Kuwait (10 out of 6), which is resting in this round, while Nepal occupies fourth place (6 out of 6).
A win alone over Nepal will be the only solution for Jordan, if it wants to move towards being one of the top four runners-up teams.
In Group D, the Uzbek and Singaporean teams will meet at the “King Fahd International Stadium” in Riyadh, while the host Saudi team is resting in this round.
The Saudi team is at the top of the group with 14 points, compared to 9 for Uzbekistan, 7 for Palestine, and Singapore, with the first priority on goal difference, and 5 for Yemen.
In Group E, Qatar, which has already qualified for the 2022 World Cup, as the host, needs a tie point when it meets the second Oman in order to decide its qualification for the Asian Cup, which holds its title. The host country leads with 19 points from seven matches, seven points behind the second-placed Oman team (12 points from five matches), guarantor of its second place, with a 7-point lead over third Afghanistan.
With its 12 points, the Oman national team leads the ranking of the best runner-up teams in the eight groups, and appears to be a strong candidate to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup, and the decisive third round of qualifiers.
With Qatar leading or at least ensuring that it is among the best runner-up teams, there will be a fifth card for the runners-up to the decisive round.
The Uzbek team, in its first appearance after a long pause, is looking for the three points to pursue the Saudi team, or at least ensure the second place with a total of points that allows it to be among the best four runners-up teams.


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