The second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup saw some stunning victories and heartbreaking losses. In Group C, Japan emerged victorious over India with a final score of 3-0 in a closely contested match. Meanwhile, South Korea continued their impressive form with a commanding 3-0 win over China in Shenzhen.
One of the standout performances of the match was Son Heung-min’s contribution to South Korea’s victory. He scored twice and provided an assist, leading the Koreans to a convincing win over China. In Group B, Saudi Arabia hosted Japan and Syria, with Japan emerging as the victors with a final score of 5-0. North Korea also secured their first win of the campaign by beating Myanmar 6-1 in Yangon.
In Group E, Hong Kong drew 2-2 with Turkmenistan after coming back from two separate deficits. Australia celebrated away to Palestine with a stunning 1-0 goal from Harry Souttar in the 18th minute of an intense match played on neutral ground in Kuwait. Bangladesh and Lebanon played to a draw in this group, while Tajikistan won convincingly over Pakistan in Group G with a final score of 6-1.
In Group F, Iraq edged out hosts Vietnam with a final score of 1-0 thanks to Mohanad Ali’s late goal in stoppage time. The Philippines and Indonesia drew 1-1 in Manila, while Uzbekistan and Iran tied at 2-2 in Tashkent after Iranians led early on but were denied victory by Urunov and Sergejev’s heroics for hosts Uzbekistan.
Overall, it was another exciting round of matches that left fans on edge until the very end. With only one more round remaining before the playoffs begin, teams will need to continue performing at their best if they want to secure their spot at next year’s World Cup tournament.