Bangladesh's national football team is currently competing in the Asia section of the 2022 World Cup qualifications. As usual, Bangladesh have no chance of qualifying for the World Cup final because they have yet to win a match in the second round. Bangladesh have lost four out of six matches in this World Cup qualifying round thus far. The remaining two World Cup qualifiers are crucial for Bangladesh. The outcome of the two matches will determine whether Bangladesh will be able to compete in the next Asia Cup. What Bangladesh football team can achieve in World Cup 2022 qualifiers is discussed in this article.
Bangladesh's current standings in the AFC World Cup qualifying round
The Bangladesh national team are currently in the fifth position in Group E of the second round of World Cup 2022 qualifiers, meaning they are at the bottom of the points table with only two points. India are in fourth place with only one point ahead of Bangladesh. Afghanistan (5) are in the third position, Oman (12) in second, and Qatar are topping the Group E points table.
Bangladesh drew one match against two neighbors, India and Afghanistan in the group stage. On the other side, Bangladesh have lost two matches to Qatar, one match to Afghanistan, and one match to Oman. Bangladesh only have two more matches to play in the World Cup qualifiers.
So, Bangladesh will not be able to advance to the next round. Qatar have secured the next round with 19 points. While Oman, who are in the second position with 12 points, are already on the verge of clinching a spot in the next round. As a result, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and India are battling for a place in the third round of Asia Cup 2023 qualification.
The outcome of the last two round matches will determine which team will play directly in the next round of the Asian Cup 2023. Bangladesh's next two matches are crucial in this regard.
Bangladesh's chances of qualifying for the Asian Cup 2023
There are a total of eight groups in the AFC World Cup second round qualifiers. The best team from each group will play in the Asian Cup 2023. Besides, the top four runner-up teams across all groups of the second round will be guaranteed a spot in the Asian Cup in 2023.
In addition, the remaining four runner-up teams and third-place teams in each group will advance to the Asian Cup 2023 third qualifying round.
On the other hand, the top four fourth-place teams from each group will advance to the Asian Cup's third qualifying round. The four fourth-place teams and the bottom teams in each group will advance to the third qualifying round of the Asian Cup 2023.
Bangladesh will need to win both of their remaining matches to finish in the top three of Group E. Bangladesh will face India on Monday (June 7) and Oman on Tuesday (June 15). Bangladesh will have 8 points if they win these two games. In that case, Bangladesh's chances of finishing in the top three will increase apart from securing a spot in the top four of the group.
Furthermore, Bangladesh will rise to the top of the points table if they lose one match and India lose their final two matches. They must finish in the top three in order to directly qualify for the Asia Cup 2023 third qualifying round. Otherwise, Bangladesh will be forced to compete in the Asia Cup qualifying play-off round.
Bangladesh have yet to show that they are capable of competing in a major tournament like the World Cup. However, Bangladesh's national football team is considerably more matured and capable of battling now than it was before. The Bengal Tigers are able to put up a strong resistance against the big oppositions in Asia if they can play with their best. Bangladesh will keep their chances of playing in the Asia Cup if they win their last two matches of the second round of World Cup 2022 qualifiers. So the team tigers will need to perform well in the remaining group stage matches.