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Australia’s road to the 2022 World Cup revealed

Australia have drawn Nepal, Jordan, Taiwan and Kuwait in the second stage of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Socceroos are gunning for a fifth-straight World Cup appearance and head one of five groups made up of 40 teams in the Asian confederation.

The groups will play home and away fixtures from September to June 2020 with the group winners and four best runners-up advancing to the final stage of qualifying.

Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold says he is pleased with Australia’s group.Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold says he is pleased with Australia’s group.
Camera IconSocceroos head coach Graham Arnold says he is pleased with Australia’s group.Picture: AAPIMAGE

“We are happy with our draw,” Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said.

“My first game in charge was in Kuwait City, and we won 4-0, so we have been there and experienced Kuwait as a group.

“There are two teams that we have drawn (Kuwait and Jordan) that we have experience against.

“But we will do our due diligence and ensure that we take every game as it comes and respect each match.”

Arnold backed the depth of football in Australia, with 80 players involved in both the Socceroos and Olyroos over the past year.

Australia is expected to play Kuwait first on September 10 before facing Nepal and Chinese Taipei in October and Jordan in November.

Draw for the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, and 2023 Asian Cup:

Group A China, Syria, Philippines, Maldives, Guam.

Group B Australia, Jordan, Taiwan, Kuwait, Nepal.

Group C Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Cambodia.

Group D Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Palestine, Yemen, Singapore.

Group E Qatar, Oman, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh.

Group F Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar, Mongolia.

Group G United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Group H South Korea, Lebanon, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka.

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