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 two 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]

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

Group 2[edit]

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

The match between Syria and Kyrgyzstan was not played.

Group 3[edit]

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

Group 4[edit]

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

Group 5[edit]

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

Group 6[edit]

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

Group 7[edit]

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

Group 8[edit]

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

Group 9[edit]

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

Group 10[edit]

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

Final round[edit]

Group A[edit]

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

13 September 1997
16:15 UTC+8
China PR  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: Park Hae Yong (South Korea)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 October 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: Said Belqola (Morocco)

17 October 1997
Iran  4–1  China PR
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: Ahmad Nabil Ayad (Lebanon)

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

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

31 October 1997
China PR  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: Santhan Nagalingam (Singapore)

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

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

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

Group B[edit]

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

Play-off[edit]

  • The play-off was played over a single leg at a neutral venue.
  • Extra time was played using the golden goal rule.

16 November 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)

Notes[edit]

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

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