Less than a week after the draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup fourth round Asian qualifiers (June 27) here in the Malaysian capital, all eyes will turn to the magnificent Aspire Dome in Doha for the official draw of the AFC Asian Cup 2011™ final qualification round.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileev felt that the high temperatures in Tashkent were the main factor in his team’s poor first-half performance in their World Cup qualifier against Lebanon on Saturday.
After the penultimate round of Asia’s third stage of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ on Saturday, seven more teams booked progression to join Uzbekistan in last ten, leaving only two pairs of contenders to battle it out for the remaining two places in the last fixtures on 22 June.
There were celebrations Sunday for heavyweights Australia, Japan, the two Koreas, Saudi Arabia and Iran who all powered into the final phase of Asian World Cup qualifying, AFP reported.
Seven more teams make the final round of Asia’s 2010 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday while China became the first to bow out of the Asian qualifying.
Uzbekistan reclaimed top spot in FIFA World Cup™ Asian qualifying Group 4 with a confident 3-0 home win over Lebanon on Saturday. Half-time substitute Adyl Akhmedov netted a double for the hosts, while Server Djeparov added a goal in injury time to preserve their perfect record.
Iran won their second consecutive away match in Asian qualifying for South Africa 2010 on Saturday, 0-2 over Syria. Gholamreza Rezaei put the Iranians ahead in the 64th minute and Mohsen Khalili finished things off with a strike in second-half injury time.
Saudi Arabia coach Nasser Al Johar admitted that there was still plenty of room for improvement by his side despite their 2-0 win over Singapore on Saturday which confirmed their passage into the final round of the Asian World Cup qualifiers.