2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification

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The 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification phase saw eight teams advance to the final tournament in Nepal.[1] The qualification draw was held on 20 October 2010, in AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[2]

Seeding[edit]

The seedings are based on the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup. Unlike previous editions with the exception of the inaugural edition, no team has been given direct entry into the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. Defending champions Korea DPR, runners-up Turkmenistan and third-placed Tajikistan would now have to go through the qualifiers to enter the finals. The eight lowest ranked teams would take part in the playoff round while the remaining 12 teams would enter the Group Stage.

Group Stage Entrants Playoff Entrants (8 lowest ranked) Non entrants (Teams eligible to enter, but didn't)

Qualifying playoff round[edit]

For the pre-qualifying phase, the eight lowest ranked teams played off over two legs on a home-and-away basis[3] with the away goals rule, extra time and penalty shootouts to determine winners if necessary. The matches took place on 9 and 16 February 2011 with the four winners advancing to the group stage. However, for Afghanistan–Bhutan fixtures, they were rescheduled for 23 and 25 March and were played in at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, India.[4]

The second leg of the Philippines–Mongolia fixture was originally due to take place on 16 February 2011. However, in early January 2011, Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta said he wanted the match to take place at the same venue as the first leg on 12 February, citing the winter conditions in Mongolia.[5] Mongolian Football Federation president Ganbold Buyannemekh insisted that the second leg be played in Mongolia but proposed a 15 March date instead as a compromise.[6]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bhutan  0–5  Afghanistan 0–3 0–2
Philippines  3–2  Mongolia 2–0 1–2
Chinese Taipei  6–3  Laos 5–2 1–1
Cambodia  5–4  Macau 3–1 2–3 (aet)

First leg[edit]

23 March 2011
15:00 UTC+5:30
Bhutan  0–3  Afghanistan
Report Walizada Goal 2'36'80'

9 February 2011
19:00 UTC+8
Philippines  2–0  Mongolia
Caligdong Goal 43'
P. Younghusband Goal 90+4'
Report
Panaad Stadium, Bacolod
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Yu Ming-hsun (Chinese Taipei)

10 February 2011
19:00 UTC+8
Chinese Taipei  5–2  Laos
Lin Cheng-Yi Goal 10'
Chang Han Goal 22'56'
Chen Po-Liang Goal 44'
Lo Chih-An Goal 49'
Report Thongkhen Goal 65'
Syvilay Goal 73'
National Stadium, Kaohsiung
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Ng Chiu Kok (Hong Kong)

9 February 2011
15:30 UTC+7
Cambodia  3–1  Macau
El Nasa Goal 48'53'
Laboravy Goal 59'
Report Leong Ka Hang Goal 80'
National Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Win Cho (Myanmar)

Second leg[edit]

25 March 2011
15:00 UTC+5:30
Afghanistan  2–0  Bhutan
Nadeem Goal 61'
Kohistani Goal 65'
Report
Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Gurgaon
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Hedayat Mombini (Iran)

Afghanistan win 5–0 on aggregate


15 March 2011
13:00 UTC+8
Mongolia  2–1  Philippines
Lkhümbengarav Goal 22'
Garidmagnai Goal 35'
Report J. Younghusband Goal 4'

Philippines win 3–2 on aggregate


16 February 2011
18:00 UTC+7
Laos  1–1  Chinese Taipei
Vongchiengkham Goal 82' Report Chen Po-Liang Goal 65'

Chinese Taipei win 6–3 on aggregate


16 February 2011
19:00 UTC+8
Macau  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Cambodia
Vernon Goal 62'
Leong Ka Hang Goal 73'
Vinício Goal 75'
Report Borey Goal 45+2'
El Nasa Goal 107'

Cambodia win 5–4 on aggregate

Qualifying group stage[edit]

In the group stage, the 16 teams were divided into four groups of four teams each playing a single round-robin tournament (league system).[3] This included the 12 highest ranked automatically qualified teams and the four qualifiers from the playoff round. The original match days were 20–31 March 2011.[2] The top two teams in each group qualified for the final tournament. On 18 February 2011, the AFC announced that the hosts for each group were: Myanmar for Group A, Malaysia for Group B, Maldives for Group C, and Nepal for Group D; with match dates on the 21, 23 and 25 March 2011.[7]

However, for Group D, the All Nepal Football Association proposed the hosting rights since the end of December 2010, which the AFC had endorsed. The fixtures were also scheduled to take place from 21 to 25 March but on 7 February 2011 it was announced that the qualifiers had to be postponed due to the unavailability of the main stadium (Dasarath Rangasala Stadium) due to a wrestling event. The fixtures were then been set to 7 to 11 April 2011.[8][9]

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[3]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.
Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up qualify for the final tournament

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Palestine 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7
 Philippines 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3 5
 Bangladesh 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
 Myanmar 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
21 March 2011
15:30
Myanmar  1–1  Philippines
Khin Maung Lwin Goal 90+3' Report J. Younghusband Goal 76' (pen.)
21 March 2011
18:00
Palestine  2–0  Bangladesh
Alyan Goal 46'65' Report

23 March 2011
15:30
Philippines  0–0  Palestine
Report
Youth Training Centre, Yangon
Attendance: 500
Referee: Ali Sabah Adday (Iraq)
23 March 2011
18:00
Bangladesh  2–0  Myanmar
Ahmed Goal 10'
Komol Goal 88'
Report
Youth Training Centre, Yangon
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Apisit Aonrak (Thailand)

25 March 2011
15:30
Myanmar  1–3  Palestine
Zaw Htat Aung Goal 25' (pen.) Report Alyan Goal 39'90'
Harbi Goal 71'
25 March 2011
15:30
Bangladesh  0–3  Philippines
Report Araneta Goal 41'
Guirado Goal 55'80'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 India 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
 Turkmenistan 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Pakistan 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
 Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 3 0 7 −7 0
21 March 2011
16:00
Turkmenistan  3–0  Pakistan
Urazow Goal 6'
Amanow Goal 46'
Garadanow Goal 86'
Report
21 March 2011
19:30
India  3–0  Chinese Taipei
Lalpekhlua Goal 32'
Chhetri Goal 76'
Shaikh Goal 88'
Report

23 March 2011
16:00
Pakistan  1–3  India
Mehmood Goal 32' Report Lalpekhlua Goal 67'90+4'
Dias Goal 90'
23 March 2011
19:30
Chinese Taipei  0–2  Turkmenistan
Report Şamyradow Goal 73'
Hangeldiýew Goal 76'

25 March 2011
16:00
Turkmenistan  1–1  India
Çoňkaýew Goal 52' (pen.) Report Lalpekhlua Goal 60'
25 March 2011
19:30
Chinese Taipei  0–2  Pakistan
Report Mehmood Goal 26'
Bashir Goal 67'

Group C[edit]

  • Times are Maldives Time (MVT) – UTC+5
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Maldives 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Tajikistan 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
 Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
 Cambodia 3 0 0 3 3 11 −8 0
21 March 2011
16:00
Tajikistan  1–0  Kyrgyzstan
R. Sydykov Goal 88' (o.g.) Report
National Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mohammed Mohamed (UAE)
21 March 2011
21:00
Maldives  4–0  Cambodia
Naseer Goal 2'
Ashfaq Goal 41'84'88'
Report
National Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Zhao Liang (China PR)

23 March 2011
16:00
Kyrgyzstan  1–2  Maldives
Abdul Ghani Goal 87' (o.g.) Report Ali Goal 5'
Qasim Goal 79'
National Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Marai Al Awaji (Saudi Arabia)
23 March 2011
21:00
Cambodia  0–3  Tajikistan
Report Davronov Goal 2'
Ergashev Goal 83'
Rabimov Goal 89'
National Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 550
Referee: Pratap Singh (India)

25 March 2011
16:00
Tajikistan  0–0  Maldives
Report
National Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Mohammed Mohamed (UAE)
25 March 2011
21:00
Cambodia  3–4  Kyrgyzstan
Sokumpheak Goal 39'49'
Rithy Goal 89'
Report A. Sydykov Goal 5'
Usanov Goal 45+1'
Esenkul Uulu Goal 80'85'
National Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Zhao Liang (China PR)

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 North Korea 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
   Nepal 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
 Afghanistan 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 3
 Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
7 April 2011
15:30
North Korea  4–0  Sri Lanka
Choe Kum-Chol Goal 2'47'
Ri Chol-Myong Goal 5'
Pak Nam-Chol Goal 21'
Report
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Yousef Al-Marzouq (Kuwait)
7 April 2011
15:30
Afghanistan  0–1    Nepal
Report Khawas Goal 27'
Dasarath Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 9,100
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)

9 April 2011
15:30
Nepal    0–1  North Korea
Report Jong Il-Gwan Goal 31'
9 April 2011
15:30
Sri Lanka  0–1  Afghanistan
Report Hadid Goal 82'
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 1,800
Referee: Ali Sabbah Adday (Iraq)

11 April 2011
15:30
Nepal    0–0  Sri Lanka
Report
Dasarath Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Ali Sabbah Adday (Iraq)
11 April 2011
15:30
North Korea  2–0  Afghanistan
Choe Kum-Chol Goal 45+1'
Ri Chol-Myong Goal 68'
Report
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)

Qualifiers[edit]

The following eight teams qualified for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup held from 8–19 March 2012 in Nepal:[10]

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No direct entry for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "2012 AFC Challenge Cup draw results". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "AFC Challenge Cup 2012 (Qualifiers) Competition Regulations". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Afghanistan, Bhutan tie in India". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 22 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Henson, Joaquin (4 January 2011). "PFF readying Panaad for Challenge Cup". PhilStar.com (The Philippine Star). Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Galunan Jr., Jerome S. (8 January 2011). "Mongolian XI insists on home and away". Sun.Star (Bacolod). Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "AFC CC 2012 qualifying hosts confirmed". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Timalsina, Prakash (31 December 2010). "Nepal to host AFC Challenge Cup group". My Republica. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup date postponed". Goal Nepal. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2012 (Men)". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 

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