After Sharjah drew 1-1 with the Chinese team, the Australian team automatically withdrew from the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.
Due to Mitchell Duke’s header in the first half, the national football team had already won its first victory in three games. However, Wu Lei’s penalty was finally reviewed in VAR and showed that defender James Jago had 20 minutes left in the game. After handling the ball at time, it won a tie for the Chinese team.
“I think we didn’t do enough tonight,” Australian goalkeeper and captain Matthew Ryan said. “We did not create enough clear opportunities. Obviously, this is a controversial topic, but there are other moments throughout the game. If we want to achieve a result, we need to get better.”
Australia seeks to participate in the World Cup for the fifth consecutive time, falling to third with 11 points in six games in Group B, falling behind second-ranked Japan to beat Oman 1-0. Saudi Arabia led by 16 points after beating the last Vietnam 1-0 and is expected to win the sixth place.
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In November 2022, only the top two of the two six-team groups can guarantee a place in Qatar. The two third-placed players will enter the playoffs, and the winner will meet a team from another league.
Saudi Arabia had a strong start in Hanoi. 30 minutes later, Saleh’s loop header in the penalty area was saved by Vietnam goal Bitan Trang, but the ball was judged to have crossed the boundary.
Fahad Al-Muwallad seemed to extend the away team’s lead from close range with 15 minutes left, but was ruled out by VAR due to a foul in the game.
The Japanese team needs a late goal from Junya Ito to score points in Oman and enter second place. Oman ranked fourth with 7 points, 2 points higher than fifth-ranked China.
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In Group A, Iran and South Korea seem to stitch the top two spots together. Thanks to goals from Sardar Azmoun, Ehsan Hajisafi and Ali Gholizadeh, Iran defeated the bottom team Syria 3-0 and scored 16 points.
South Korea defeated Iraq 3-0 in Qatar, two points behind, and participated in the World Cup for the 10th consecutive time. Li Zaicheng scored the first goal before the break, and Sun Xingmin and Zheng Yuying’s second-half goals secured the victory. This means that South Korea, ranked second, is eight points higher than the United Arab Emirates, ranked third.
Ali Mabkhout’s late penalty allowed the UAE to beat Lebanon 1-0 at Sidon, the first game of the stage. This is enough to surpass Lebanon for the first and only team that qualified for the World Cup in 1990. Iraq ranked fifth with 4 points, 2 points higher than the bottom-ranked Syrian team.
The qualifiers will resume in January.