Everything you need to know about Asia's road to Qatar 2022

Asia's road to Qatar 2022

Everything you need to know about what Asia's Qualifiers Round 2 draw

has lined up

About the Draw:

e?”1 40 teams drawn into 8 groups of 5

e?”1 Matches from September 2019 to June 2020

e?”1 Top 12 teams go to Round 3

e?”1 Spots for AFC in Qatar 2022: 4.5

The Favourites:

  • JAPAN e??Że??µ best Asian team at Russia 2018 (Round of 16) and first one to beat a South American team (Colombia) at a World Cup
  • KOREA REP e??°e??· Asian team with the most World Cup participations (10)
  • AUSTRALIA e??|e??o played 22 matches to qualify for Russia 2018, a record
  • IR IRAN e???e??· best Asian side on the road to Russia 2018 (played 18 matches and finished unbeaten)

Qatar's big 2019 so far e???e??|

  • Shone at Januarya€?s AFC ASIAN CUP, lifting trophy for the first time
  • ALMOEZ ALI scored nine on the road to victory
  • Conceded just once a€“ in 3-1 final win over Japan a€“ while SCORING 19
  • Featured at the COPA AMERICA, the highlight being a 2-2 draw with Paraguay

Outsiders hunt debut

There are plenty of new names keen to join the party:

  • JORDAN e??Że??' Missed out in 2014 in the intercontinental play-offs against Uruguay
  • THAILAND e??1e??- Reached first Asian Cup knockouts for 47 years
  • VIETNAM e???e??3 Got to historic continental quarter-finals in January
  • SYRIA e???e??? Lost out to Australia in Asia's 2018 World Cup qualifying play-off
  • UZBEKISTAN e??oe??? Pipped to play-off by Syria on goal difference

Familiar Foes

GROUP B: Australia & Jordan meet for a 3rd successive campaign.

GROUP C: Long-time rivals IR Iran and Iraq will meet for 3rd time.

GROUP G: 4 Southeast Asian rivals will meet: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam

GROUP H: Korea DPR and Korea Republic meet for a 4th World Cup qualifying cycle with the former yet to win in their 6 matches.

Players to watch:

Almoez Ali, QAT e???e??| Top scorer in Asian Cup

Sardar Azmoun, IRN e???e??· 2nd top scorer in Asian Cup

M. Al-Sahlawi, KSA e???e??|16 goals on the road to Russia 2018

Ahmed Khalil, UAE e??|e??a 16 goals on the road to Russia 2018



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