File photo: Chanatip Songkrasin (R) of Thailand in action during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian second qualifier match between Thailand and Vietnam at Thammasat Stadium. Image: Shutterstock

Matchday Four saw exciting matches as six Southeast Asian teams played in the World Cup 2022/Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers across the region.

The Bacolod Stadium saw the Philippines upset group favourites China 0-0 in an exciting Group A and sat at third place with four points from three matches. With this encouraging result, the Philippines are roaring to win past the Maldives in their away fixture on November 14.

In Group C, Cambodia suffered another big loss as Iraq beat them 0-4 in Phnom Penh. Keisuke Honda’s team now sits last in the group with only a point, and already out of the World Cup qualification.

In Group D, seething Singapore suffered another defeat in five days as Uzbekistan won 1-3 at Kallang. The results mean Singapore stays fourth with four points in the group, complicating their progress to advance to the next round.

File photo: Malaysia and UAE players in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 & AFC Asian Cup China 2023 match between Malaysia and UAE at Bukit Jalil Stadium. Image: Shutterstock

In Bali, Southeast Asian champions Vietnam beat Indonesia 1-3, to equal their points to seven with Group G opponents Thailand, who beat group favourites UAE 2-1 in Bangkok.

The match was moved to Bali from Jakarta to avoid crowd trouble, which saw Indonesian FA slapped with a hefty fine from FIFA.

Other Southeast Asian teams Malaysia and Myanmar did not play on this fixture and will play their next games on November 10 and 15.

The road to Qatar is still open to some teams, while others can still fight to qualify automatically for the Asian Cup 2023 as group winners and runners-ups.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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