1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
Tournament details
Teams 36 (from 1 confederation)
1994
2002

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 China 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]

September 13, 1997
16:15 UTC+8
China China 2–4  Iran
Fan Zhiyi Goal 44' (pen.)
Li Ming Goal 54'
(report) Bagheri Goal 61' (pen.)
Mahdavikia Goal 67'73'
Roosta Goal 86'
Jinzhou Stadium, Dalian
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: South Korea Park Hae Yong (South Korea)

September 14, 1997
20:30
Saudi Arabia  2–1  Kuwait
Mehalel Goal 43'
Al Thuniyan Goal 55'
(report) Abdulaziz Goal 18'

September 19, 1997
18:00
Iran  1–1  Saudi Arabia
Bagheri Goal 64' (report) Al Sharani Goal 32'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 120,000
Referee: Japan Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

September 19, 1997
18:30
Qatar  0–2  Kuwait
(report) Al Huwaidi Goal 16'
Abdulaziz Goal 88'
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Syria Jamal Al-Sharif (Syria)

September 26, 1997
18:15
Qatar  1–1 China China
Nasir Khamees Goal 10' (report) Hao Haidong Goal 67'
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Iraq Mahmoud Nurilddin (Iraq)

September 26, 1997
19:15
Kuwait  1–1  Iran
Al Huwaidi Goal 20' (report) Bagheri Goal 90'

October 3, 1997
16:15
China China 1–0  Saudi Arabia
Zhang Enhua Goal 69' (report)
Jinzhou Stadium, Dalian
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Thailand Pirom Un-Prasert (Thailand)

October 3, 1997
17:00
Iran  3–0  Qatar
Daei Goal 31'
Bagheri Goal 42' Goal 56'
(report)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Mali Sidi Magassa (Mali)

October 10, 1997
19:00
Kuwait  1–2 China China
Al Huwaidi Goal 24' (report) Hao Haidong Goal 3'
Gao Feng Goal 89'
Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Australia Eddie Lennie (Australia)

October 11, 1997
Saudi Arabia  1–0  Qatar
Mehalel Goal 66' (report)

October 17, 1997
Kuwait  2–1  Saudi Arabia
Abdulaziz Goal 48'
Mubarak Goal 67'
(report) Al Muwallid Goal 31'
Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Morocco Said Belqola (Morocco)

October 17, 1997
Iran  4–1 China China
Mansourian Goal 2'
Roosta Goal 44'
Bagheri Goal 69'
Ali Daei Goal 73'
(report) Mao Yijun Goal 87'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Lebanon Ahmad Nabil Ayad (Lebanon)

October 24, 1997
Saudi Arabia  1–0  Iran
Al Muwallid Goal 88' (report)

October 24, 1997
Kuwait  0–1  Qatar
(report) Al Noobi Goal 10'

October 31, 1997
China China 2–3  Qatar
Gao Feng Goal 19'
Fan Zhiyi Goal 80'
(report) Al Naemi Goal 44'
Al-Enazi Goal 54'
Al Kuwari Goal 60'
Jinzhou Stadium, Dalian
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Singapore Santhan Nagalingam (Singapore)

October 31, 1997
Iran  0–0  Kuwait
(report)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Thailand Pirom Un-Prasert (Thailand)

November 6, 1997
Saudi Arabia  1–1 China China
Al-Muwallid Goal 4' (report) Hao Haidong Goal 10'
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: England David Elleray (England)

November 7, 1997
Qatar  2–0  Iran
Al-Enazi Goal 38'81' (report)


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 China 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 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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