The second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup was marked by a series of exciting matches, with some surprises and upsets. In Group C in Shenzhen, South Korea continued their dominance over China, winning 3-0. Son Heung-min scored twice from the penalty spot and assisted a third goal, leading the Koreans to victory. Meanwhile, India suffered a shocking defeat at home to Katra, losing 0-3.
In Group B in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia hosted Japan and Syria in what turned out to be an intense match. Japan emerged victorious with a score of 5-0, thanks to two goals from Real Sociedad striker Takegush Kubo. North Korea also played in this group and secured their first win of the campaign by beating Myanmar 6-1 in Yangon.
Australia celebrated a hard-fought win away to Palestine with a Harry Souttar goal in the 18th minute. This was a very high-quality match played on neutral ground in Kuwait. Bangladesh and Lebanon drew 1-1 earlier in this group.
Iraq faced off against hosts Vietnam in Group F and emerged victorious with a score of 1-0 thanks to Mohanad Ali’s late goal in stoppage time. The Philippines and Indonesia drew 1-1 in Manila. In Group E, Hong Kong came back twice to draw 2-2 with Turkmenistan after Uzbekistan led initially with goals from Rezeian and Taremi