Taiwan (125) face an uphill battle to qualify from their combined World Cup and AFC Asian Cup group after a tricky draw pits them against Australia (43), Jordan (98), Kuwait (156) and Nepal (165) in Group B.
Taiwan have been drawn in a difficult group for the 2022 World Cup-2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification. The groups will serve as the means of qualification for both tournaments, in Qatar and China respectively. With only the top team from each group qualifying automatically, Taiwan will almost certainly be looking to sneak in through the back door.
Although the group represents a formidable challenge, Taiwan will take some comfort from the fact that the four best runners up from groups A-H will qualify for the next round of World Cup qualifiers and directly into the Asian Cup. The next four runners up will miss out on world cup qualification, but will go through to the Asian Cup qualifying third round, along with all the third-placed teams and the four best fourth-placed teams.
Taiwan begin their qualification campaign at home to Jordan on September 5. To stand any chance of getting through to the next round of World Cup qualification they will likely need a result as Australia ‘s predicted dominance could leave the rest of the group battling for second place. A home defeat to the group’s second strongest team would heap pressure upon Taiwan, whilst a win could serve as a springboard for the next fixtures.