2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers: IR Iran, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia with second wins


Both Qatar and Yemen recorded their second wins in Group B of the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers at the Aspire Zone in Doha on Friday.

While Qatar defeated Turkmenistan 4-1, Yemen overcame Sri Lanka 3-0 as both teams are tied on six points heading into the final matchday of the AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers on Sunday.

Qatar and Yemen will face each other on the final matchday with Yemen needing a win to progress as Group B winners while Qatar only needing to avoid a defeat to stay top on goal difference.

Group D saw hosts IR Iran record a comprehensive 4-0 win over Nepal at the Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium in Tehran to go top of the group with six points. United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, fell to a 2-0 defeat to Kyrgyz Republic meaning that the two teams are now tied on three points each.

In Group E, Bahrain are in pole position after defeating Bhutan 4-0 at the Khalifa Sports City Stadium in Manama. Jordan are second in the group with four points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bangladesh in their second outing.

Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan recorded their second wins in Group F to take their fight for qualification to the final day. While Saudi defeated India 4-0, Uzbekistan overcame Afghanistan 2-0 as both teams have now collected six points after two rounds of matches.

Saudi and Uzbekistan face each other on the final matchday with the Green Falcons only needing a draw to progress. Uzbekistan, who already qualify for next year’s tournament proper as its hosts, can progress from the qualifiers with a win over Saudi Arabia.

If Uzbekistan qualify as a group winner or as one of the four best runners-up, the fifth best runners-up from the qualification event will also qualify for the finals.

Find out how the Southeast Asian nations performed in the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers with our ASEAN Roundup right here!

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