Football-Palestine defeats the Philippines to secure a place in the Asian Cup final

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Palestine beat the Philippines 4-0 in Ulaanbaatar on Tuesday to book their place in next year’s Asian Cup final, a result that also sealed six other teams’ qualification for the continental championship.

Goals from Saleh Chihadeh, Tamer Seyam, Mohammed Yamin and Mahmoud Abu Warda earned the Palestinians their third straight Group B victory. China, but the country’s zero-COVID policy caused it to pull out of hosting the event.

The Asian Football Confederation has asked for offers to replace China as hosts, a decision to be made later in the year. Tuesday’s result means the second-placed team in Group B cannot pick up more than four points, which impacts the qualifying table in the other groups.

Group C leaders Uzbekistan and second-placed Thailand are both six points clear and assured of a place ahead of their meeting in Namangan. In Group D, Hong Kong and India now also have guaranteed places before facing each other in Kolkata. The Hong Kong qualifier will see the former British colony make it to the final for the first time since the 1968 edition in Iran.

Central Asian duo Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will also emerge from Group F. In the hunt for the remaining spots, Jordan leads the Group A standings ahead of Indonesia and Kuwait, while Bahrain tops the group E with Malaysia and Turkmenistan.

The qualifiers will join 13 nations that have already sealed their place, including defending champions Qatar, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Australia. China is also expected to participate.

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