1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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The Asian Football Confederation was allocated two assured qualifying berths for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. 26 teams were in the running for these spots; Bahrain, India, Maldives and South Yemen withdrew without playing a qualifying match.

Asia's two automatic qualifying berths were taken by Korea Republic and the United Arab Emirates.

Format[edit]

  • First Round: The Maldives withdrew before the final draw, leaving 25 teams to be divided into 6 groups of 4 or 5 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis, except in Group 4, where the teams played against each other twice in South Korea and Singapore. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 6 teams played against each other once over a 16 day period based in Singapore. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.

First round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Qatar 6 3 3 0 8 3 +5 9
 Iraq 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 8
 Jordan 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 5
 Oman 6 0 2 4 2 11 −9 2
  Iraq Jordan Oman Qatar
Iraq  4 – 0 3 – 1 2 – 2
Jordan  0 – 1 2 – 0 1 – 1
Oman  1 – 1 0 – 2 0 – 0
Qatar  1 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 0

Qatar advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Saudi Arabia 4 3 1 0 7 4 +3 7
 Syria 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 5
 North Yemen 4 0 0 4 0 5 −5 0
 Bahrain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Bahrain Yemen Arab Republic Saudi Arabia Syria
Bahrain  X – X X – X X – X
North Yemen  X – X 0 – 1 0 – 1
Saudi Arabia  X – X 1 – 0 5 – 4
Syria  X – X 2 – 0 0 – 0

Saudi Arabia advanced to the Final Round.

Group 3[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United Arab Emirates 4 3 0 1 12 4 +8 6
 Kuwait 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3 6
 Pakistan 4 0 0 4 1 12 −11 0
 South Yemen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Kuwait Pakistan People's Democratic Republic of Yemen United Arab Emirates
Kuwait  2 – 0 X – X 3 – 2
Pakistan  0 – 1 X – X 1 – 4
South Yemen  X – X X – X X – X
United Arab Emirates  1 – 0 5 – 0 X – X

United Arab Emirates advanced to the Final Round.

Group 4[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 6 6 0 0 25 0 +25 12
 Malaysia 6 3 1 2 8 8 0 7
 Singapore 6 2 1 3 12 9 +3 5
   Nepal 6 0 0 6 0 28 −28 0
 India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  India South Korea Malaysia Nepal Singapore
India  X – X X – X X – X X – X
South Korea  X – X 3 – 0 9 – 0 3 – 0
Malaysia  X – X 0 – 3 3 – 0 1 – 0
Nepal    X – X 0 – 4 0 – 2 0 – 3
Singapore  X – X 0 – 3 2 – 2 7 – 0

Korea Republic advanced to the Final Round.

Group 5[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 China PR 6 5 0 1 13 3 +10 10
 Iran 6 5 0 1 12 5 +7 10
 Bangladesh 6 1 0 5 4 9 −5 2
 Thailand 6 1 0 5 2 14 −12 2
  Bangladesh China Iran Thailand
Bangladesh  0 – 2 1 – 2 3 – 1
China PR  2 – 0 2 – 0 2 – 0
Iran  1 – 0 3 – 2 3 – 0
Thailand  1 – 0 0 – 3 0 – 3

China PR advanced to the Final Round.

Group 6[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 North Korea 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 9
 Japan 6 2 3 1 7 3 +4 7
 Indonesia 6 1 3 2 5 10 −5 5
 Hong Kong 6 0 3 3 5 10 −5 3
  Hong Kong Indonesia Japan North Korea
Hong Kong  1 – 1 0 – 0 1 – 2
Indonesia  3 – 2 0 – 0 0 – 0
Japan  0 – 0 5 – 0 2 – 1
North Korea  4 – 1 2 – 1 2 – 0

Korea DPR advanced to the Final Round.

Final round[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 5 3 2 0 5 1 +4 8
 United Arab Emirates 5 1 4 0 4 3 +1 6
 Qatar 5 1 3 1 4 5 −1 5
 China PR 5 2 0 3 5 6 −1 4
 Saudi Arabia 5 1 2 2 4 5 −1 4
 North Korea 5 1 1 3 2 4 −2 3

Korea Republic and the United Arab Emirates qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Results[edit]

12 October 1989
China PR  2 – 1  Saudi Arabia
Mai Chao Goal 63' (pen.)70' Al-Bishi Goal 24' (pen.)

13 October 1989
South Korea  0 – 0  Qatar

16 October 1989
Qatar  1 – 1  Saudi Arabia
Muftah Goal 87' Al-Suwaiti Goal 3'


20 October 1989
South Korea  1 – 0  China PR
Kim Joo-Sung Goal 67'
20 October 1989
North Korea  2 – 0  Qatar
Kim Pung-Il Goal 23'
Ghu Gyong-Sik Goal 32'


24 October 1989
China PR  1 – 0  North Korea
Xie Yuxin Goal 67'


28 October 1989
Qatar  2 – 1  China PR
Al-Soufi Goal 87'
Muftah Goal 87'
Ma Lin Goal 76'

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The United Arab Emirates–Korea Republic match was held in Malaysia instead of Singapore due to time zone requirements.
  2. ^ The Saudi Arabia–Korea DPR match was held in China PR instead of Singapore due to time zone requirements.

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