Yesterday afternoon, before the eyes of around 500 officials from the internal security forces and secret services, Lebanon lost their second home game in a row, this time against the United Arab Emirates (0-1) after Iran (1-2). on November 11 on the lawn of Saida International Stadium as part of day six of the third round of the Asian zone qualifying phase at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022.
Deprived of their spectator base by the world football governing body (FIFA) for “security reasons” and despite initial objections from the Lebanese Football Federation, which eventually complied with the demands of world football’s governing body, the Czechs coached the men coach Ivan Hašek would have evidently taken advantage of his 12th player (the crowd). and banned him from attending the game in the stands.
Despite an obvious dominance from the first minute of the game, the national team did not take their chances, missed opportunities that cost them three points or even a place in the next qualifying round for the Qatar World Cup. The country of Cedar is therefore relegated to fourth place in its group (Group A) in favor of the United Arab Emirates, who scored from a penalty awarded by Australian referee Shaun Evans and converted by Ali Mabkhout in the 85th minute. “It’s really hard to talk after this game,” said Czech coach Ivan Hašek at the press conference after the defeat. “We played this game at home but without our fans, a very hard blow for my players,” he continued.
Lebanon are provisionally fourth in Group A awaiting the results of yesterday’s other two games, which pitted Iraq against South Korea on the one hand and Syria and Iran on the other. After two draws (against the United Arab Emirates, then Iraq), three defeats (against South Korea, Iran and the United Arab Emirates) and one singles win (3-2 against Syria), the Lebanese are now on five points. “We will fight to the end and anything is possible in the next four games,” said the Czech coach.
As a reminder, only the top two in the group qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, which automatically qualifies as the host country of the competition, while the third-placed team in the group plays two playoff games (home and away) in the fourth round of the playoffs Away game) against the third team of group B.
Here are the Asia Zone Group A results and standings at the end of day six of the third round of qualifying stages:
Emirates 0-0 Lebanon
Iran 1-0 Syria
South Korea 0-0 Iraq
South Korea 1-0 Lebanon
Syria Emirates 1-1
Emirates 0-1 Iran
South Korea-Syria 2-1
Iraq 0-0 Lebanon
Emirates 2-2 Iraq
Iran-South Korea 1-1
South Korea Emirates 1 – 0
Lebanon Emirates 0-1.
1. Iran (13 points, 5 games)
2. South Korea (11 points, 5 games)
3. United Arab Emirates (6 points, 6 games)
4. Lebanon (5 points, 6 games)
5. Iraq (4 points, 5 games)
6. Syria (2 points, 5 games)
Still to play (for Lebanon, 2022)
Jan 27 Lebanon-South Korea
February 1: Lebanon-Iraq
March 24: Lebanon-Syria
March 29: Iran-Lebanon.
In addition, Lebanon will take part in the 2021 Arab Football Cup, which will also be held in Qatar from November 30th to December 18th. The country of Cedar meets Egypt, Sudan and Algeria in Group D.
Yesterday afternoon, before the eyes of around 500 officials from the internal security forces and secret services, Lebanon lost their second home game in a row, this time against the United Arab Emirates (0-1) after Iran (1-2). on November 11 on the lawn of the Saida International Stadium as part of the sixth day of the third round of the…