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Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...

Philippines strike late to draw with Thailand, keep AFF Cup semifinal hopes alive

Sven-Goran Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines team remains unbeaten.

Jovin Bedic scored a lucky late equaliser to secure a deserved 1-1 draw for Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines against champions Thailand on Wednesday evening in the AFF Suzuki Cup that keeps Azkal hopes of a semifinal place alive.

Both teams move on to seven points from three games following the meeting in Bacolod and remain one point ahead of group B rivals Singapore, who closed the gap on the top two to a point with a 6-1 thrashing of East Timor.

Defending champions Thailand will seal their place...

Thailand, Philippines maintain perfect start in AFF Cup

Philippines' defender Carli de Murga celebrates after scoring a goal
Philippines' defender Carli de Murga was on target in the 3-2 win against East Timor.

Thailand's Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri scored direct from a corner as the holders beat Indonesia 4-2 in the AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday, while Sven-Goran Eriksson notched up his second win in a row as Philippines coach.

Korrakot curled in his left-foot effort to cancel out Zulfiandi's long-range opener for Indonesia before delivering a free kick in first half injury time from which Pansa Hemviboon gave the defending champions the lead.

Milovan Rajevac's Thai side went into cruise control in the second...

Sven-Goran Eriksson starts Philippines stint with win in AFF Cup

Sven-Goran Eriksson started his stint as Philippines head coach with a 1-0 win over Singapore in their AFF Suzuki Cup opener on Tuesday evening.

The former England manager was appointed last month to lead Philippines through the AFF Suzuki Cup before taking the Azkals to their first appearance at the finals of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The Swede, though, has work to do if he is to build a team that will make much of an impression at the continental championships early...

AFF Suzuki Cup Group B preview: Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines to push Thailand

Group B of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup is, on paper, the tougher of the two groups. ESPN FC takes a look at the five hopefuls:

Thailand

Form: After their exploits during qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the War Elephants -- going for a third successive AFF Cup crown -- have been taking on some African, Caribbean and European opposition recently and have looked pretty good.

Coach: Milovan Rajevac. The Serbian has made Thailand more organised and harder to beat than in the past, though some of the...