1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Asian zone (AFC). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 36 teams entered the competition. The Asian zone was allocated 3.5 places (out of 32) in the final tournament.

There were three rounds of play:

  • First round: The 36 teams were divided into 10 groups of 3 or 4 teams each. The teams played against each other twice, except in Group 10, where the teams played against each other once. The group winners would advance to the final round.
  • Final round: The 10 teams were divided into 2 groups of 5 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up would advance to the AFC play-off.
  • Play-off: The 2 teams played against each other once in Malaysia. The winner would qualify. The loser would advance to the AFC–OFC intercontinental play-offs.

First round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Saudi Arabia 6 5 1 0 18 1 17 16
2  Malaysia 6 3 2 1 5 3 2 11
3  Chinese Taipei 6 1 1 4 4 13 –9 4
4  Bangladesh 6 1 0 5 4 14 –10 3

Saudi Arabia advanced to the final round.

Group 2[edit]

Syria vs Kyrgyzstan was not played.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Iran 6 5 1 0 39 3 36 16
2  Kyrgyzstan 5 3 0 2 12 11 1 9
3  Syria 5 2 1 2 27 5 22 7
4  Maldives 6 0 0 6 0 59 –59 0

Iran advanced to the final round.

Group 3[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  United Arab Emirates 4 3 1 0 7 1 6 10
2  Jordan 4 1 1 2 4 4 0 4
3  Bahrain 4 1 0 3 3 9 –6 3

United Arab Emirates advanced to the final round.

Group 4[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Japan 6 5 1 0 31 1 30 16
2  Oman 6 4 1 1 14 2 12 13
3  Macau 6 1 1 4 3 28 –25 4
4    Nepal 6 0 1 5 2 19 –17 1

Japan advanced to the final round.

Group 5[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Uzbekistan 6 5 1 0 20 3 17 16
2  Yemen 6 2 2 2 10 7 3 8
3  Indonesia 6 1 4 1 11 6 5 7
4  Cambodia 6 0 1 5 2 27 –25 1

Uzbekistan advanced to the final round.

Group 6[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  South Korea 4 3 1 0 9 1 8 10
2  Thailand 4 1 1 2 5 6 –1 4
3  Hong Kong 4 1 0 3 3 10 –7 3

South Korea advanced to the final round.

Group 7[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Kuwait 4 4 0 0 10 1 9 12
2  Lebanon 4 1 1 2 4 7 –3 4
3  Singapore 4 0 1 3 2 8 –6 1

Kuwait advanced to the final round.

Group 8[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  China PR 6 5 1 0 13 2 11 16
2  Tajikistan 6 4 1 1 15 2 13 13
3  Turkmenistan 6 2 0 4 8 13 –5 6
4  Vietnam 6 0 0 6 2 21 –19 0

China advanced to the final round.

Group 9[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Kazakhstan 4 4 0 0 15 2 13 12
2  Iraq 4 2 0 2 14 8 6 6
3  Pakistan 4 0 0 4 3 22 –19 0

Kazakhstan advanced to the final round.

Group 10[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Qatar 3 3 0 0 14 0 14 9
2  Sri Lanka 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3  India 3 1 1 1 3 7 –4 4
4  Philippines 3 0 0 3 0 10 –10 0

Qatar advanced to the final round.

Final round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Saudi Arabia 8 4 2 2 8 6 2 14
2  Iran 8 3 3 2 13 8 5 12
3  China PR 8 3 2 3 11 14 –3 11
4  Qatar 8 3 1 4 7 10 –3 10
5  Kuwait 8 2 2 4 7 8 –1 8

Saudi Arabia qualified. Iran advanced to the AFC play-off.

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  South Korea 8 6 1 1 19 7 12 19
2  Japan 8 3 4 1 17 9 8 13
3  United Arab Emirates 8 2 3 3 9 12 –3 9
4  Uzbekistan 8 1 3 4 13 18 –5 6
5  Kazakhstan 8 1 3 4 7 19 –12 6

South Korea qualified. Japan advanced to the AFC play-off.

Play-off[edit]

November 16, 1997
21:00 UTC+8
Iran  2–3 (a.e.t.)  Japan
Azizi Goal 46'
Daei Goal 58'
report (FIFA)
report (Japanese)
Nakayama Goal 39'
Jo Goal 75'
Okano Golden goal in the 118th minute 118'
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Manuel Diaz Vega (Spain)

Japan qualified. Iran advanced to the AFC–OFC intercontinental play-off.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA report made a mistake here, the scorer is Ma Mingyu.

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