The 2022 World Cup qualifications arrived at Al-Ram, where Palestine hosted Uzbekistan, in what will be remembered as one of the best official matches of the Fidai since… ever.
Uzbekistan and Hector Cuper are a match made in heaven: A national team that gets close to its goals yet fails every time, and a coach that does exactly the same with his previous teams. Perhaps a double negative will lead to a positive, as the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers is looming.
Japan and Australia qualified to the next stage, but they will need to rise their playing level if they want to be title contenders. Kyrgyzstan played well and almost shocked the host nation, UAE.
Japan defeated Uzbekistan and qualified from the first place to the next round. A dramatic goal by Oman in the 94th minute brought them to the round of 16.
Japan kicked off their Asian Cup campaign with an impressive performance. Hector Cúper and Uzbekistan are not looking good quite yet.