2022 World Cup Drawing: Vietnam has advantage, Malaysia pushes Indonesia into corner
2nd Qualification of 2022 World Cup’s Asian zonal has identified 39/40 squads attended, the last slot will belong to either Macau (182) or Sri Lanka (202).
Notably, though had to attend in 2022 World Cup 1st Qualifiers, Malaysia NT surprisingly surpassed Indonesia NT to draw into seed group 4. Tan Cheng Hoe’s side has jumped 9 places on the table, coming from a sensational 12-2 win over Timor Lester while Indonesia suffered a wrecking 1-4 defeat to Jordan.
With great results at the FIFA Day’s friendly match in June 2019, Vietnam also leaves Jordan NT behind to rank 97th the world and 15th Asia. This ranking secures the 'Golden Dragon' a slot in the seed group 2 at Asian zonal of 2022 World Cup Qualifiers held on July 17 in Qatar.
Seed group of 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Draw Stage:
Group 1: Iran (20), Japan (26), South Korea (37), Australia (41), Qatar (56), UAE (67), Saudi Arabia (72), China (73).
Group 2: Iraq (76), Uzbekistan(82), Syria (85), Lebanon (86), Oman (86), Kyrgyzstan (95), Vietnam (97), Jordan (98).
Group 3: Palestine (100), India (100), Bahrain (111), Thailand (116), Tajikistan (120), North Korea (121), Taiwan (126), Philippines (127).
Group 4: Turkmenistan (136), Myanmar (138), Hong Kong (141), Yemen (146), Afghanistan (149), Maldives (151), Kuwait (156), Malaysia (159).
Group 5: Indonesia (160), Singapore (162), Nepal, Campuchia (169), Bangladesh (183), Mongolia (187), Guam (190), Ma Cau (182)/Sri Lanka (202)
According to Asian zonal of 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, 40 squads divided into 8 groups (5squads/group). The 8 best squads and 4 2nd teams will progress to the final qualifying round (and also win a ticket to AFC Asian Cup 2023 UEFA held in China).
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