A balmy night in My Dinh National Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City… and certainly not the result the current Asia Cup holders (Japan) were looking for, but after a 2nd half strike by Naohiro Takahara, Qatar came back and equalised with a late goal by the Uruguayan-born Sebastián Quintana. And that was that… a fantastic result for Qatar, and a result that will ensure the Japanese daily papers are aflutter tomorrow.
So with 4 games down, that’s 3 1-1 draws (Thailand vs Iraq, Australia vs Oman, Japan vs Qatar). All three could be considered ‘upsets’ of a sort, as Iraq, Australia & Japan are all considered ‘Asian Powers’ in the footballing fraternity, and especially the Australian team (who only just lost to eventual winners Italy in last year’s World Cup), and Japan, who currently hold the Asian Cup title.
The only team to have actually won a game thus far is Vietnam, who defeated the more-highly-touted UAE, 2-0.
Tomorrow brings us the following games:
- Indonesia vs Bahrain, in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta (Indonesia)
- Malaysia vs China, in National Stadium Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)