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Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines: 22 of 46 Asian teams are not in action in FIFA’s continued international window


Goal looks at the Asian teams playing matches in the ongoing FIFA international window …

India were in action during the ongoing FIFA international window (31 August to 10 September) when they played two friendly matches from home against Nepal as part of their preparations for the upcoming SAFF Championship to be held in the Maldives in October .

In the friendly match of two matches, India drew the first match 1-1 and won the second draw on Sunday 2-1 at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal. By not losing any of those games, the Blue Tigers extended their unbeaten streak against the Gorkhalis to six games. The last time they lost against Nepal was on 5 September 2013, where India lost 1-2.

Aside from India, most of the top Asian countries are taking part in the third round of the 2022 AFC World Cup. The top eight teams and the top four runners-up from the group stage of the second round compete in the third round.

The first round of matches was on September 2, when teams such as Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia were in action. Japan were shocked by Oman when they lost 0-1. Iran defeated Syria 1-0 while South Korea held a goalless draw through Iraq.

Lalengmawia Nepal India International Friendly 2021

Out of 46 Asian countries, 24 teams were in action during this international FIFA window. While 12 teams competed in the third round of the World Cup, two teams, Indonesia and Taipei, were in action in the qualifying round of the 2023 Asian Cup.

The other 10 teams organized and played international friendly matches. The host of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar, has so far played two friendly matches against Serbia and Portugal, losing them 0-4 and 1-3. They play next year on September 7 against Luxembourg.

Among the teams that have not played a game, Pakistan is the only nation suspended. Their FA has been suspended by FIFA from April 2021 due to third party interference. Among the SAFF opponents in India, only the Maldives and Sri Lanka have not played a match yet. Bhutan refrained from participating in the SAFF due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and therefore did not play a game.

Team Opponents and results Type of matches
Syria Iran 1-0 Syria (September 2), Syria vs UAE (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
China Australia 3-0 China (September 2), China vs Japan (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Philippines Did not play
Maldives Did not play
Guam Did not play
Australia Australia 3-0 China (September 2), Vietnam vs Australia (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Kuwait Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 Kuwait (September 4) International friendly matches
Jordaan Haiti 2-0 Jordan (September 4), Bahrain vs. Jordan (September 7) International friendly matches
Nepal Nepal 1-1 India (September 2), Nepal 1-2 India (September 5) International friendly matches
Chinese Taipei Indonesia vs Chinese Taipei (September 7) Elimination round of the qualifying play-off round in 2023 for the Asian Cup
Iran Iran 1-0 Syria (September 2), Iraq vs Iran (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Iraq South Korea 0-0 Iraq (September 2), Iraq vs Iran (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Bahrain Bahrain 6-1 Haiti (September 1), Bahrain vs. Jordan (September 7) International friendly matches
Hong Kong Did not play
Cambodia Did not play
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 3-1 Vietnam (September 2), Oman vs Saudi Arabia (September 7) AFC 2022 Third Round of World Cup Qualifiers
Uzbekistan Sweden 2-1 Uzbekistan (September 5) International friendly matches
Palestine Kyrgyzstan 1-0 Palestine (September 2), Bangladesh vs. Palestine (September 5) International friendly matches
Singapore Did not play
Yemen Did not play
Qatar Qatar 0-4 Serbia (2 Sep), Qatar 1-3 Portugal (4 Sep), Luxembourg vs Qatar (7 September) International friendly matches
Oman Japan 0-1 Oman (September 2), Oman vs Saudi (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
In the Nepal 1-1 India (September 2), Nepal 1-2 India (September 5) International friendly matches
Afghanistan Did not play
Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Palestine (September 5), Kyrgyzstan vs. Bangladesh (September 7) International friendly matches
Japan Japan 0-1 Oman (September 2), China vs Japan (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Tajikistan Did not play
Kyrgyz Republic Kyrgyzstan 1-0 Palestine (September 2), Kyrgyzstan vs. Bangladesh (September 7) International friendly matches
Mongolia Did not play
Myanmar Did not play
UAE UAE 0-0 Lebanon (September 2), Syria vs UAE (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Vietnam Saudi Arabia 3-1 Vietnam (September 2), Vietnam vs Australia (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Malaysia Did not play
Thailand Did not play
Indonesia Indonesia vs Chinese Taipei (September 7) Elimination round of the qualifying play-off round in 2023 for the Asian Cup
South Korea South Korea 0-0 Iraq (September 2), South Korea vs Lebanon AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Lebanon UAE 0-0 Lebanon (September 2), South Korea vs Lebanon (September 7) AFC 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Third Round
Turkmenistan Did not play
Sri Lanka Did not play
DPR Korea Did not play
Brunei Did not play
Macau Did not play
Laos Did not play
Timor Leste Did not play
Pakistan Suspended
Bhutan Did not play



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