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World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Japan, Australia prolong runs; Kyrgyzstan with out a keeper


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

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

Aizar Akmatov as a substitute performed between the posts, permitting one objective 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 spot 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 objective Japan has conceded in 549 minutes.

Syria turned the second group 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. Objectives 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 really inexperienced group that was given a chance — solely a few senior gamers round them,” Arnold mentioned. “They dealt with every thing actually, rather well.”

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

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

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

Second-half targets 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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