The Omani national team qualified for the decisive round of the Asian Double qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 Asian Cup in China, after their victory over Bangladesh 3-0 today at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, as part of the last round of Group E competitions in the second round of the tournament playoffs.
Muhammad Al-Ghafri scored the first goal in the 22nd minute, then Khaled Al-Hajri added the second and third goals in the 60th and 80th minutes.
The second match in the same group witnessed a 1-1 draw with Afghanistan at the same stadium.
The Omani team have 18 points in second place behind the Qatari team, the leader of the group who are pre-qualified (22 points). The Omani qualified to the final round as one of the best teams that came in second place, and the India team got seven points, six for Afghanistan and two points for Bangladesh.
The first place in each group qualifies for the final round of World Cup qualifiers, along with the five best second-placed teams in the eight groups, and these teams will also get the qualification for the 2023 Asian Cup finals in China.
In the rest of the qualifying results, the Saudi team booked its place in the decisive qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup and the Asian Cup finals in China in 2023, after its explicit victory over its Uzbek counterpart 3-0 at the end of the fourth group competitions.
The goals of Saudi Arabia were scored by Salman Al-Faraj (25 and 33) and Ali Al-Hassan (52). The Saudi team raised its score to 20 points at the top of the group without losing, while Uzbekistan remained runners-up with 15 points.
In a second match for the same group, the Palestinian team came third, after beating its Yemeni counterpart 3-0, scored by Uday Al-Dabbagh (43 and 84) and Yasser Ahmed (45). Palestine raised its score to 10 points, while Yemen remained in the last place with 5 points.
In the third group, the Iranian team decided the direct promotion ticket and the group lead after its victory over Iraq 1-0.
Iran's only goal was scored by Sardar Azmoun (35). The victory was enough for the Iranian team to take the top of the group, raising its score to 18 points, only one point ahead of second-placed Iraq. The two teams qualified together for the final round of the final qualifiers. Second place in the group and one of the five best second place teams from the eight groups qualified.
Within the same group, the Bahraini team achieved a moral victory over Hong Kong with four goals without a response, scored by Sayed Dia Saeed (49), Hashem Al-Sayed Issa (54 from a penalty kick, 70) and Ismail Abdullatif (90 from a penalty kick). The Bahraini team raised its score to 15 points to occupy Third place in the standings and gets out of the competition to qualify for the World Cup and keeps his hopes in the competition to qualify for the Asian Cup finals in China 2023. Hong Kong froze at 5 points in fourth place and finally Cambodia with one point.