DILI (9 June 2016) – There’s still hope for Timor Leste and Laos to make the third round of the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers despite suffering losses in the two-legged second round the previous week.
Five teams – Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Tajikistan and Yemen – have all taken their places alongside 12 other nations that had advanced following the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifiers.
The remaining six teams – Timor Leste, Laos, Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, the Maldives and Bhutan – will now battle it out final phase of the play-offs, which start in September and conclude in October.
Timor Leste will have to take on Chinese Taipei while Laos will play Maldives and Bangladesh taking on Bhutan.
The three victorious sides in the final playoffs will complete the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying picture, with 24 teams competing for 12 remaining slots on offer at the 17th edition of Asia’s flagship tournament.
Play-off Round 2 fixtures
Maldives vs Laos
Bangladesh vs Bhutan
Timor-Leste vs Chinese Taipei
The first legs will be played on 6 September with the return set for 11 October