Countless goals and precious Arab victories in the World Cup Qatar and Asian Cup qualifiers
With the exception of the Kuwaiti national team, the Arab teams achieved valuable victories in the seventh round of the second phase of the double qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 and the Asian Cup in China 2023, whose matches took place on Thursday evening and were filled with heavy goals. At Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Al Sadd Club, the Qatari team rose to the top of Group E after a difficult 1-0 victory over its Indian counterpart. Abdulaziz Hatem scored Qatar’s goal and the only match in the 33rd minute with a ground shot from close range after following a cross pass. Qatar took advantage of India’s numerical shortage after Rahul Becky was sent off after 18 minutes of the start, after receiving a second warning. On the same field, Bangladesh tied 1-1 with Afghanistan. The Qatari team is alone at the top of the group with 19 points from 7 matches, compared to 12 points for the Sultanate of Oman from 5 matches. Afghanistan is in third place with 5 points from 6 matches, two points ahead of India and 3 points from Bangladesh. In the next round, on Monday, June 7, the team will meet Oman with Qatar, and Bangladesh with India. Palestine national team jumps to third placeمركز The Palestinian national team achieved its second victory in the fourth group of qualifiers, with a 4-0 victory over its Singapore counterpart. The balance of the Palestine team rose to 7 points, leaving the bottom of the group standings, led by Saudi Arabia (11 points), and jumping to third place from 7 matches, with a difference in direct confrontations against Singapore, which is fourth, equal with it in the same balance after playing 6 matches. Nader Siam opened the scoring for Palestine in the 17th minute from a penalty kick, before Uday Al-Dabbagh added the second goal in the 23rd minute. Tamer Siam scored again, scoring the third goal for the Palestinian team and his second personal goal in the 30th minute, also from a penalty kick. Yasser Hamad added the fourth goal in the 85th minute. Bahrain sweeps Cambodia The Bahraini national team topped Group C in the double qualifiers, after its crushing 8-0 victory over Cambodia in Manama. Camille Al-Aswad, Ali Mudon and Ismail Abdullatif scored a double, while Muhammad Al-Rumaihi scored a goal and Jassim Al-Sheikh to complete the Bahraini eight. In the same group, Iran beat Hong Kong 3-1 at Muharraq Club Stadium. Bahrain raised its score to 12 points from 6 matches in the lead, one point ahead of Iraq, which played 5 matches, compared to 9 points for Iran from 5 matches as well. The next round of the group will be held on Monday, when Iran meets Bahrain and Iraq meets Cambodia. Kuwait defeat The Kuwaiti team lost 0-3 at home to its Australian counterpart, who consolidated its lead in the second group with 15 points, 5 points ahead of Kuwait in second place. The Australian team advanced after just 50 seconds through Alan Leakey, before his teammate Jackson Irvin added the second goal in the 24th minute. And in the 66th minute, Agden Hrostik added the third goal for the Australian team. It is noteworthy that Kuwait is hosting the second group matches in the qualifiers, which includes Australia, Jordan, Nepal and Taiwan, in order to avoid travel restrictions due to the crisis of the spread of the new Corona virus. UAE is advancing At home, the UAE beat Malaysia 4-0 to advance to second place in Group G of the qualifiers. The UAE, which qualified for the World Cup once in 1990, returned to the competition for qualification after raising its score to 9 points from 5 matches in second place, ahead of Thailand and Malaysia, who played 6 matches. Vietnam leads the group with 11 points from 5 matches, while Indonesia is bottom of the group with one point from 6 matches. Ali Mabkhout put the UAE ahead in the 19th minute after a superb pass from Abdullah Ramadan, and Fabio Lima doubled the score in the 83rd minute with a superb shot from inside the penalty area. In the first minute of stoppage time, Mabkhout scored the third goal with a powerful shot from inside the area, then Ramadan passed to Lima, who rushed from behind, to score his second personal goal two minutes later, to end the match 4-0. Thailand drew 2-2 with Indonesia at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai in the same group. The next round of the group will be held on Monday, where the UAE will meet with Thailand, and Vietnam with Indonesia. The eight group winners, in addition to the four best second-placed teams, qualify for the third round of the double qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 Asian Cup in China.