The draw for the first of Asia's World Cup qualifiers was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will play in 2022.
Pre-tournament favourites Vietnam were held to a 0-0 draw by Myanmar as the duo remained locked in the top two positions in group A.
Vietnam maintained their perfect start to the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup on Friday as Park Hang-seo's side beat Malaysia 2-0 at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium.
Malaysia opened the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup with a 1-0 victory over Cambodia in Group A on Thursday.
There are plenty of local rivalries at play in Group A of the AFF Cup. ESPN FC runs the rule over Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.
Manchester City need one victory to match the world's longest active winning run, set by a club from Laos nicknamed The Power of a Million Elephants.
Home United's potential 2018 AFC Cup opponents Lao Toyota have been thrown out of the tournament for alleged match manipulation.
Hosts Malaysia survived a scare against stubborn minnows Laos to win 3-1 at Shah Alam on Wednesday to top Group A in SEA Games men's football.
Forward S. Kumaahran warned unbeaten Malaysia of any complacency as they look for a win over minnows Laos to ensure topping Group A at the SEA Games.
Singapore retain a slim chance of making the SEA Games semifinals after securing a 2-0 Group A victory over Laos in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Anything less than a win in their third SEA Games match against Laos on Friday will see Singapore eliminated from the men's football competition.
Southeast Asian football has been rocked by life bans for 22 players from Laos and Cambodia for match-fixing after a ruling by the AFC on Wednesday.
Laos champions Lanexang United have withdrawn from a 2017 AFC Cup group expected to feature Singapore's Home United as Laos' football falls apart.
Thailand's Buriram United overturned a first leg deficit to win the Mekong Club Championship on Sunday after accounting for Lanexang United, of Laos.
Now general manager of the Laos champions, ex-Benfica junior Kaz Patafta dreams of making his mark in his native Australia at an A-League club.
With the help of Sportsradar, the ASEAN Football Federation say they will work hard to keep the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup free of any match-fixing.
The FA of Malaysia have angrily denied allegations, made by former FIFA security chief Chris Eaton, that the country had become a match-fixing hub.
Singapore has been praised for its efforts in fighting match-fixing by FIFA's former head of security, Chris Eaton, now an independent consultant.
The Asian Football Confederation provisionally suspended four Laos international players on Monday for 60 days for suspected match-fixing.