Asian Qualifiers – Group C preview: Race resumes as Bahrain, Iraq and IR Iran chase first place | Football | New
Muharraq: The battle for first place in Group C of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and 2023 AFC Asian Cup China continues Monday with Bahrain, Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the running.
Bahrain jumped to pole position after the 8-0 loss to Cambodia last Thursday to move up to 12 points – one ahead of Iraq who have a game in hand.
Iran, who have only played five matches so far, have dropped to nine points after their 3-1 win over Hong Kong.
IRAQ vs. CAMBODIA
Iraq, who will play their first Asian qualifying game since the 0-0 draw against Bahrain in November 2019, will be confident of winning all three points against Cambodia at the Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa stadium, which could be enough for them. regain the top spot with Iran and Bahrain playing later Monday.
Iraq beat Cambodia 4-0 when the two teams met in October 2019, and head coach Srecko Katanec will urge his players to fight against the Southeast Asian team.
Iraq has remained busy despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with 2007 AFC Asian Cup winners playing eight friendlies ahead of the resumption of the Asian playoffs and Slovenian Katanec will expect a maximum points against Cambodia.
Cambodia’s hopes of qualifying for the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 faded long ago, but a solid finish could prevent them from finishing bottom of Group C.
More importantly, a fourth place finish could mean avoiding the third round qualifiers of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup China Asian qualifiers and head coach Ryu Hirose will urge his players to put their best efforts against it. ‘Iraq in order to add to that point Cambodia have so far.
Iraq vs. Cambodia
Location: Cheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium, Muharraq
Kick-off: Monday, 5:30 p.m. (UTC + 3)
Who will win?
IR IRAN v BAHRAIN
The battle between Iran and Bahrain promises to be spectacular, as a victory from either side could make a huge difference in the final result of Group C.
Team Melli returned to form with their 3-1 win over Hong Kong last Thursday, reigniting their first-place aspirations and with a game in hand, head coach Dragan Skocic will expect his team to win. the game against hosts Bahrain.
Bahrain, however, will also be keen to seize his chances, as he will head for the draw reinforced by his victory over Cambodia and, more importantly, knowing that he has already beaten Iran in the Asian qualifiers – Mohamed Al Hardan scoring the only goal in their October 2019 meeting.
Iran’s strike force may be impressive, but Komail Al Aswad, Ali Madan and Ismaeel Abdulatif have all scored twice each against Cambodia and head coach Helio Sousa will be delighted that his team have multiple sources of goals against a team looking to qualify for their third consecutive year. FIFA World Cup Finals.
IR from Iran vs. Bahrain
Location: Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa
Kick-off: 7:30 p.m. (UTC + 3)
Who will win?
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