2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Asia.

44 Asian teams are affiliated with FIFA, but Cambodia, Philippines, Bhutan and Brunei decided not to take part, and Myanmar was banned from the competition, so a total of 39 teams took part, competing for 4.5 places in the World Cup.

The qualification was composed of three rounds. Only the 14 last ranked teams according to FIFA took part in the Preliminary Round, where they were paired 2-by-2 and played home-and-away knock-out matches. The 7 winners joined the other 25 teams in the Second Round, where those 32 teams were divided in 8 groups of four teams each. The teams in each group would play against each other home-and-away, and the team with most points in each group would advance to the Third Round.

In the Third Round, the 8 remaining teams were divided in two groups of 4 teams each, that would again play against each other in a home-and-away basis. The two teams with most points in each group would qualify to the World Cup. The two third placed teams would play-off against each other home-and-away. Winner of this play-off would play against the fourth placed team in the Final Round of CONCACAF in an intercontinental play-off for a place in the World Cup.

Tiebreakers[edit]

If teams are even on points at the end of group play, the tied teams will be ranked as follows:

  1. greater number of points obtained in matches between the tied teams
  2. goal difference in matches between the tied teams
  3. greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams
  4. goal difference in all group matches
  5. greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  6. a play-off on neutral ground, with extra time and penalties if necessary (in qualifying)
  7. drawing of lots (at the final event)

This is a change from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where total goal difference was the first tiebreaker.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Turkmenistan  13–0  Afghanistan 11–0 2–0
Chinese Taipei  6–1  Macau 3–0 3–1
Bangladesh  0–4  Tajikistan 0–2 0–2
Laos  0–3  Sri Lanka 0–0 0–3
Pakistan  0–6  Kyrgyzstan 0–2 0–4
Mongolia  0–13  Maldives 0–1 0–12

Guam and Nepal were scheduled to play against each other on November 21 and 25; Nepal withdrew, so Guam progressed to the 2nd round, but Guam later withdrew.

FIFA then decided to elect a "lucky loser", to select the best of the teams that lost, to advance to the Second Round.

The losers were compared, using the following criteria to break ties: a) number of points; b) goal difference; c) goals scored.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Laos 2 0 1 1 0 3 −3 1
 Bangladesh 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
 Macau 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0
 Pakistan 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0
 Afghanistan 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13 0
 Mongolia 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13 0

 Laos advanced to the Second Round.

Second round[edit]

In the second round, the 25 teams who received byes, as well as the 7 play-off round winners, were split into eight groups of four teams each. Teams played home-and-away games with the other teams in their group, and the top-ranked team qualified for the third round.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 5 0 1 22 4 +18 15
 Jordan 6 4 0 2 10 6 +4 12
 Qatar 6 3 0 3 16 8 +8 9
 Laos 6 0 0 6 3 33 −30 0
  Iran Jordan Laos Qatar
Iran  0–1 7–0 3–1
Jordan  0–2 5–0 1–0
Laos  0–7 2–3 1–6
Qatar  2–3 2–0 5–0

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uzbekistan 6 5 1 0 16 3 +13 16
 Iraq 6 3 2 1 17 7 +10 11
 Palestine 6 2 1 3 11 11 0 7
 Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 3 26 −23 0
  Iraq State of Palestine Chinese Taipei Uzbekistan
Iraq  4–1 6–1 1–2
Palestine  1–1 8–0 0–3
Chinese Taipei  1–4 0–1 0–1
Uzbekistan  1–1 3–0 6–1

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 6 6 0 0 16 1 +15 18
 Oman 6 3 1 2 14 3 +11 10
 India 6 1 1 4 2 18 −16 4
 Singapore 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10 3
  India Japan Oman Singapore
India  0–4 1–5 1–0
Japan  7–0 1–0 1–0
Oman  0–0 0–1 7–0
Singapore  2–0 1–2 0–2

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Kuwait 6 5 0 1 15 2 +13 15
 China PR 6 5 0 1 14 1 +13 15
 Hong Kong 6 2 0 4 5 15 −10 6
 Malaysia 6 0 0 6 2 18 −16 0
  China Hong Kong Kuwait Malaysia
China PR  7–0 1–0 4–0
Hong Kong  0–1 0–2 2–0
Kuwait  1–0 4–0 6–1
Malaysia  0–1 1–3 0–2

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 North Korea 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
 United Arab Emirates 6 3 1 2 6 6 0 10
 Thailand 6 2 1 3 9 10 −1 7
 Yemen 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
  North Korea Thailand United Arab Emirates Yemen
North Korea  4–1 0–0 2–1
Thailand  1–4 3–0 1–1
United Arab Emirates  1–0 1–0 3–0
Yemen  1–1 0–3 3–1

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bahrain 6 4 2 0 15 4 +11 14
 Syria 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
 Tajikistan 6 2 1 3 5 9 −4 7
 Kyrgyzstan 6 1 1 4 5 12 −7 4
  Bahrain Kyrgyzstan Syria Tajikistan
Bahrain  5–0 2–1 4–0
Kyrgyzstan  1–2 1–1 1–2
Syria  2–2 0–1 2–1
Tajikistan  0–0 2–1 0–1

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 6 4 2 0 9 2 +7 14
 Lebanon 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
 Vietnam 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4
 Maldives 6 1 1 4 5 14 −9 4
  South Korea Lebanon Maldives Vietnam
South Korea  2–0 2–0 2–0
Lebanon  1–1 3–0 0–0
Maldives  0–0 2–5 3–0
Vietnam  1–2 0–2 4–0

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Saudi Arabia 6 6 0 0 14 1 +13 18
 Turkmenistan 6 2 1 3 8 10 –2 7
 Indonesia 6 2 1 3 8 12 –4 7
 Sri Lanka 6 0 2 4 4 11 −7 2
  Indonesia Saudi Arabia Sri Lanka Turkmenistan
Indonesia  1–3 1–0 3–1
Saudi Arabia  3–0 3–0 3–0
Sri Lanka  2–2 0–1 2–2
Turkmenistan  3–1 0–1 2–0

Third round[edit]

In the third round, the 8 teams who won their groups in the earlier round were split into two groups of four teams each. Teams played home-and-away games with the other teams in their group, and the top two teams qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile, the third-placed teams entered a play-off to determine who would contest the AFC–CONCACAF play-off.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Saudi Arabia 6 4 2 0 10 1 +9 14
 South Korea 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4 10
 Uzbekistan 6 1 2 3 7 11 −4 5
 Kuwait 6 1 1 4 4 13 −9 4
  South Korea Kuwait Saudi Arabia Uzbekistan
South Korea  2–0 0–1 2–1
Kuwait  0–4 0–0 2–1
Saudi Arabia  2–0 3–0 3–0
Uzbekistan  1–1 3–2 1–1

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 6 5 0 1 9 4 +5 15
 Iran 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
 Bahrain 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 4
 North Korea 6 1 0 5 5 11 −6 3
  Bahrain Iran Japan North Korea
Bahrain  0–0 0–1 2–3
Iran  1–0 2–1 1–0
Japan  1–0 2–1 2–1
North Korea  1–2 0–2 0–2

Fourth round[edit]

Teams finishing 3rd in the third round groups played each other to determine a possible 5th qualifier from Asia.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Uzbekistan  1–1 (a)  Bahrain 1–1 0–0

Bahrain advanced to the AFC–CONCACAF play-off on the away goals rule.

AFC–CONCACAF play-off[edit]

The Fourth Round winner then played the fourth-placed team of the CONCACAF qualifying group, Trinidad and Tobago, in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Trinidad and Tobago  2–1  Bahrain 1–1 1–0

As a result, Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, while Bahrain were eliminated.

Goalscorers[edit]

9 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals