WCQ Review: Younis cancels out Vietnam’s victory, Azkals hold North Korea

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Vietnam Iraq 2018 WCQ

Vietnam missed a precious victory over Iraq despite having an impressive performance at My Dinh Stadium in their Group D of 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers encounter on Thursday.

Younis Mahmoud was Iraq’s hero as he fired home a 96th-minute penalty to cancel out Le Cong Vinh’s opener for Toshiya Miura’s men in the 25th minute after receiving a decent pass from Nguyen Trong Hoang.

In Group B, the Asian Cup champions Australia lost top spot as they were beaten 2-0 by Jordan in Amman, while another shock result of the day also happened in Doha when Qatar scored an upset 1-0 victory over in Group C to maintain their impressive run in the qualifying campaign.

World Cup regulars Japan beat Syria 3-0 to climb to the top of Group E with Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki, and Takashi Usami netting for the Samurai Blue. Elsewhere in the group, beat 1-0 to open up a four-point gap over their opponents.

roared back into contention in Group H after thrashing 4-0 at the National Stadium in Rifa as they took full advantage of North Korea’s unexpected goalless draw with .

Full results of Thursday’s WCQ

Group A
Timor Leste 1-1 Palestine
Saudi Arabia 2-1 United Arab Emirates

Group B
Kyrgyzstan 2-2 Tajikistan
Jordan 2-0 Australia

Group C
Bhutan 3-4 Maldives
Qatar 1-0 China

Group D
Turkmenistan 2-1 India
Oman 1-1 Iran

Group E
Singapore 1-0 Afghanistan
Syria 0-3 Japan

Group F
Vietnam 1-1 Iraq

Group G
Myanmar 0-2 Lebanon
Kuwait 0-1 South Korea

Group H
North Korea 0-0 Philippines
Bahrain 0-4 Uzbekistan