SEOUL (AP) — Kyrgyzstan was compelled to play a World Cup qualifying match with a defender in purpose on Monday as a result of all three of the nationwide staff’s keepers have been self-isolating following a COVID-19 outbreak.
Defender Aizar Akmatov as a substitute performed between the posts, permitting one purpose in a 1-0 loss to Mongolia in Group F. Oyunbaataryn Mijiddorj scored within the thirty fourth minute for the guests.
Mongolia is ranked 192nd of FIFA’s 211 groups. Kyrgyzstan is ranked 99th.
Additionally in Group F, Japan beat Tajikistan 4-1 for its seventh victory in seven matches within the second spherical of Asian qualifying.
Japan had already secured a spot within the third spherical of qualifying.
Kyogo Furuhashi, Takumi Minamino, Kento Hashimoto and Hayao Kawabe all scored for Japan, whereas Ehsoni Panshanbe scored for Tajikistan — the primary purpose Japan has conceded in 549 minutes.
Solely the eight group winners progress routinely to the third spherical, which is ready to start out in September, together with the 4 finest second-place groups.
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