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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers updated points table after India's goalless draw against Kuwait

Published at :June 7, 2024 at 6:02 PM
Modified at :June 7, 2024 at 6:03 PM
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Keshava Verma

India need a miracle on the final matchday to make it to the next round of qualifiers

The second round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers (AFC) is approaching its final stretch, as only one match remains to be played in each group. The nine groups, which began their journey in the second round of qualifiers way back in November, are finally set to finish their fixtures, whereafter we will have the teams for the third round of qualifiers. 

With each match, the standings in diverse groups have slowly taken shape, presenting a spectacle of exhilarating triumphs and unforeseen obstacles. Each country is fighting to earn a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and with only a game left to play in the second round, we can be sure of a spectacle in the upcoming games, as all the nations would who are still in the fight for qualification, will go all in to continue the World Cup dream.

With that said, let us take a look at the various groups after matchday five in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Group A

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers updated points table after India's goalless draw against Kuwait

This have spicen up in Group A, as a draw in both fixtures of the group, keeps all three teams – India, Afghanistan and Kuwait, in the fight for qualification to the next round. 

India’s draw against Kuwait keeps them in second place at the moment, but the have the gigantic task of taking on Qatar in the next fixture. The Blues can qualify with a win, but if they fail to get all three points, then they need to keep their fingers crossed and pray for a draw in Kuwait’s game against Afghanistan. 

Group B

Group B witnesses another interesting fight for a direct qualification spot, as Syria will have to fight off against Japan, to keep their number two spot on the table safe from North Korea, who are just one point behind the middle eastern nation. 

North Korea will be facing a comparatively easier side in the looks of Myanmar, who have so far picked only a single point in the qualifiers. 

Group C

South Korea have already made it to the next round in group C, but the number 2 spot is still up for grabs, as both China and Thailand look to make it to the next rounds. 

China are currently three points ahead in the table, and have a better goal difference than Thailand by three goals. The Dragons however, will be taking on the Taeguk Warriors on the 11th, and we can see a lot of drama unfold on the final day in group C. 

Group D

Oman and Kyrgyz Republic take up the number one and two spot in Group D, and it seems really unlikely that Malaysia will be able to cover up the three point deficit they have over Kyrgyz at number two. 

Also, the huge goal difference makes it quite reasonable to assume Oman and Kyrgyz as the two entrants from Group D. 

Group E

Iran and Uzbekistan have completely dominated in group E, and have 13 points each. Turkmenistan and Hong Kong have had no chance against the two giants whatsoever, and sit with just a point to their name. Iran and Uzbekistan’s match up on the 11th will decide who finishes the group on top.

Group F

Iraq are on top of Group F, with a total of 15 points to their name, whereas Indonesia and Vietnam will have to give in their all on the final matchday of the qualifiers, to keep their World Cup dream alive. 

Indonesia are only a point ahead of Vietnam at the moment, but are going to take on bottom side Philippines, which puts them in quite a favourable position to make it through.

Group G

Asian powerhouses Jordan and Saudi Arabia are through to the next round of qualifiers, as both qualify from group G. Tajikistan have failed to make an impact, and have only five points on the table, whereas round two debutants Pakistan are yet to open their account in the group. 

Saudi’s fixture against Jordan on the 11th, will give us the table topper from group G.

Group H

Group H witnesses another easy qualification, and no changes will be made in the table irrespective of the final day results. United Arab Emirates will top of the group with 15 points, Bahrain are second with 10 points, whereas Yemen and Nepal stand at the bottom of the group. 

Group I

Group I also promises no final day surprises, as all position have been secured in the group. The Kangaroos take up the top spot in group I, who are followed by the Paliestinians in second spot. 

Lebanon and Bangladesh fill out the bottom two sides. 

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