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:

๐Ÿ”น 40 teams drawn into 8 groups of 5

๐Ÿ”น Matches from September 2019 to June 2020

๐Ÿ”น Top 12 teams go to Round 3

๐Ÿ”น Spots for AFC in Qatar 2022: 4.5

The Favourites:

  • JAPAN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต 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 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Asian team with the most World Cup participations (10)
  • AUSTRALIA ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ played 22 matches to qualify for Russia 2018, a record
  • IR IRAN ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท best Asian side on the road to Russia 2018 (played 18 matches and finished unbeaten)

Qatar's big 2019 so far ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  • Shone at Januaryโ€™s AFC ASIAN CUP, lifting trophy for the first time
  • ALMOEZ ALI scored nine on the road to victory
  • Conceded just once โ€“ in 3-1 final win over Japan โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Missed out in 2014 in the intercontinental play-offs against Uruguay
  • THAILAND ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Reached first Asian Cup knockouts for 47 years
  • VIETNAM ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Got to historic continental quarter-finals in January
  • SYRIA ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Lost out to Australia in Asia's 2018 World Cup qualifying play-off
  • UZBEKISTAN ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 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 ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Top scorer in Asian Cup

Sardar Azmoun, IRN ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท 2nd top scorer in Asian Cup

M. Al-Sahlawi, KSA ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ16 goals on the road to Russia 2018

Ahmed Khalil, UAE ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช 16 goals on the road to Russia 2018



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