1988 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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Qualification for the Asian Football Confederation's 1988 AFC Asian Cup finals held in Qatar between 2 and 18 December. Saudi Arabia defeated Republic of Korea in the final match in Doha.

  •  Qatar qualified automatically as host
  •  Saudi Arabia qualified automatically as defending champions

The other 8 qualifying teams were:

Groups[edit]

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4

 Bangladesh
 China PR
 India
 North Yemen
 Thailand
 United Arab Emirates

 Iraq *
 Japan
 Jordan
 Kuwait
 Malaysia
 Pakistan

 Hong Kong
 Iran
   Nepal
 North Korea
 Singapore *
 Syria

 Bahrain
 Burma *
 Indonesia
 Oman *
 South Korea
 South Yemen

  • * Withdrew

Group 1[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United Arab Emirates 9 5 4 1 0 12 1 +11
 China PR 7 5 2 3 0 10 1 +9
 North Yemen 5 5 1 3 1 5 5 0
 Thailand 4 5 1 2 2 5 12 -7
 Bangladesh 3 5 0 3 2 1 9 -8
 India 2 5 0 2 3 1 6 -5

5 February 1988
China PR  0 – 0  North Yemen

6 February 1988
Bangladesh  0 – 0  India


8 February 1988
China PR  4 – 0  Bangladesh

9 February 1988
India  0 – 1  Thailand


11 February 1988
North Yemen  1 – 0  India

12 February 1988
Thailand  1 – 1  Bangladesh


14 February 1988
China PR  5 – 0  Thailand


16 February 1988
China PR  1 – 1  India

16 February 1988
North Yemen  3 – 3  Thailand

Group 2[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Kuwait 7 4 3 1 0 9 0 +9
 Japan 5 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3
 Jordan 5 4 1 3 0 2 1 +1
 Malaysia 3 4 1 1 2 4 6 -2
 Pakistan 0 4 0 0 4 1 12 -11

7 April 1988
Malaysia  4 – 0  Pakistan

8 April 1988
Kuwait  1 – 0  Japan

10 April 1988
Jordan  1 – 0  Pakistan

11 April 1988
Malaysia  0 – 1  Japan

12 April 1988
Kuwait  0 – 0  Jordan

14 April 1988
Malaysia  0 – 0  Jordan

15 April 1988
Kuwait  3 – 0  Pakistan

16 April 1988
Japan  1 – 1  Jordan

18 April 1988
Malaysia  0 – 5  Kuwait

18 April 1988
Japan  4 – 1  Pakistan

Group 3[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Syria 7 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6
 Iran 6 4 2 2 0 6 1 +5
 North Korea 5 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1
 Hong Kong 1 4 0 1 3 0 5 -5
   Nepal 1 4 0 1 3 0 7 -7

25 May 1988
Nepal    0 – 0  Hong Kong


27 May 1988
Iran  2 – 0  Hong Kong
Ghayeghran Goal 9'
Marfavi Goal 73'

27 May 1988
Nepal    0 – 1  North Korea



1 June 1988
Nepal    0 – 3  Syria



4 June 1988
Nepal    0 – 3  Iran
Bavi Goal 6'53'67'

Group 4[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Bahrain 5 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4
 South Korea 3 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2
 Indonesia 3 3 1 1 1 1 4 -3
 South Yemen 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3

17 June 1988
Indonesia  1 – 0  South Yemen

17 June 1988
Bahrain  2 – 0  South Korea

19 June 1988
South Korea  1 – 1  South Yemen

19 June 1988
Indonesia  0 – 0  Bahrain

22 June 1988
Bahrain  2 – 0  South Yemen

22 June 1988
Indonesia  0 – 4  South Korea

References[edit]

RSSSF details


  • "Stiff test for Lions in 1988"

The Straits Times, 13 December 1986, Page 38

http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/Article/straitstimes19861213.2.54.17.aspx