Kyrgyzstan advances to third round of qualifying for FIFA World Cup for first time

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The Kyrgyzstan national football team secured its spot in the 2027 Asian Cup and for the first time in history advanced to the third round of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup.

On June 11, the Kyrgyzstan team played a draw against Oman (1:1) in the final match of the second round of combined qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup and the 2027 Asian Cup. The match took place during the sixth round of the Asian region, held in the Omani capital, Muscat.

Kyrgyzstan competed in Group D alongside teams from Oman, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei. According to the rules, the top two teams from each group advance to the third round of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup and automatically qualify for the final stage of the 2027 Asian Cup.

Thanks to the draw, the Kyrgyzstan team accumulated 11 points and secured the second place in the group, behind only Oman (13 points). Malaysia finished the tournament in third place with 10 points, while Chinese Taipei did not earn any points.

Photo by KFS. Head coach of the Kyrgyz national football team Stefan Tarkovich

The head coach of the Kyrgyzstan national team, Stefan Tarkovic, commented on the team's success: "The match was tough, with both teams showing excellent football. Despite the challenging climatic conditions, the game was dynamic and intense. I am proud of my team and each of its players. The final result of today's match is fair, as both teams were evenly matched."

The Kyrgyzstan team could have secured the right to participate in the final games of the Asian Championship ahead of schedule. However, in the match on June 6, it failed to defeat the Malaysian team, playing to a 1-1 draw. In the final round, the Malaysian team defeated the Chinese Taipei team with a score of 3-1, but remained in third place with 10 points. The Chinese Taipei team, which did not earn any points, closed the group.

CentralasianLIGHT.org

June 12, 2024