2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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The qualification process for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup football competition began on March 2003. Out of the 45 AFC members only Cambodia and the Philippines failed to enter for the tournament. Both China, the hosts and Japan, the reigning champions automatically qualified for the finals. The lowest ranked 20 teams were placed in 6 preliminary qualifying groups of 3 and one group of 2, with the group winners joining the remaining 21 teams in 7 groups of 4. The top two of each of these groups qualified for the finals in China.

Preliminary round[edit]

In the following tables:

  • Pts = total points accumulated
  • Pld = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = goal difference (GF−GA)

Group A[edit]

All matches played in Malé, Maldives

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Myanmar 6 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
 Maldives 1 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
 Brunei 1 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5

21 March 2003
Brunei  1–1  Maldives
Fadlin Goal 59' Ali Umar Goal 42'

23 March 2003
Myanmar  5–0  Brunei
Win Hyikie Goal 10'
Aung Kyaw Moe Goal 14'
Yan Pang Goal 45', Goal 66'
Lwin Oo Goal 75'

25 March 2003
Maldives  0–2  Myanmar
Win Htike Goal 52'
Zaw Zaw Goal 65'

Group B[edit]

All matches played in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sri Lanka 6 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2
 Chinese Taipei 3 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
 Timor-Leste 0 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4

21 March 2003
Timor-Leste  2–3  Sri Lanka
Mohammad Hamza Goal 3' (o.g.)
F.J.G.R.M Cabral Goal 81'
Kasun Jayasuriya Goal 36'
Channa Goal 44', Goal 89'


25 March 2003
Sri Lanka  2–1  Chinese Taipei
S.R. Kumara Goal 13'
Channa Goal 78'
Yen C.W. Goal 47'

Group C[edit]

All matches played in Kathmandu, Nepal

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
   Nepal 3 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
 Kyrgyzstan 3 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 Afghanistan 3 2 1 0 1 2 5 −3

18 March 2003
Afghanistan  0–4    Nepal
Nirajan Rayamajhi Goal 35'
Hari Khadka Goal 39', Goal 87'
Dipak Lama Goal 90'

20 March 2003
Nepal    0–2  Kyrgyzstan
Pryanishnikov Goal 27'45'

Group D[edit]

All matches played in Hong Kong

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Hong Kong 4 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4
 Laos 3 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3
 Bangladesh 1 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1

25 March 2003
Laos  1–5  Hong Kong
Visay Phaphouvanin Goal 66' Chan Chi Hong Goal 17'35'
Kwok Yue Hung Goal 47'
Au Wai Lun Goal 59' (pen.)82'

27 March 2003
Bangladesh  1–2  Laos
Ariful Kabir Goal 90+1' Kholadeth Ponephachan Goal 30'
Visay Phaphouvanin Goal 37'

Group E[edit]

All matches played in Singapore

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Singapore 6 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
 Pakistan 3 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
 Macau 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5

21 March 2003
Macau  0–3  Pakistan
Qadeer Ahmed Goal 27', Goal 65'
Sarfraz Rassol Goal 51'

23 March 2003
Singapore  2–0  Macau
Azhar Baksin Goal 23'
Indra Sahdan Daud Goal 58'

25 March 2003
Pakistan  0–3  Singapore
Indra Sahdan Daud Goal 8', Goal 35'
Mohd Noh Alam Shah Goal 66'

Group F[edit]

All matches played in Thimphu, Bhutan

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Bhutan 4 2 1 1 0 6 0 +6
 Mongolia 4 2 1 1 0 5 0 +5
 Guam 0 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11

23 April 2003
Guam  0–6  Bhutan
Wangay Dorji Goal 32', Goal 35'
Dinesh Chhetri Goal 59'
Passang Tshering Goal 76' (pen)
Pema Chopel Goal 88'
Yeshey Nedup Goal 89'

25 April 2003
Mongolia  5–0  Guam
Ganbat Bat-Yalalt Goal 20'
Ganbaataryn Tögsbayar Goal 26', Goal 56', Goal 90'
Donorovyn Lkhümbengarav Goal 61'

27 April 2003
Bhutan  0–0  Mongolia

Group G[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 North Korea 4 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
 India 1 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2

24 March 2003
North Korea  2–0  India
Choe So-Hyok Goal 44', Goal 70'

30 March 2003
India  1–1  North Korea
I.M. Vijayan Goal 29' Choe Hyun-Yu Goal 85'

Qualifying round[edit]

In the following tables:

  • Pts = total points accumulated
  • Pld = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = goal difference (GF−GA)

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Uzbekistan 13 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7
 Thailand 9 6 3 0 3 10 7 +3
 Tajikistan 8 6 2 2 2 3 5 −2
 Hong Kong 4 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8

Played in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

6 November 2003
Tajikistan  1–0  Thailand
Fuzailov Goal 79'

6 November 2003
18:00
Uzbekistan  4–1  Hong Kong
Akopyants Goal 1'
Shishelov Goal 17'67'
Soliev Goal 28'
Law Chun Bong Goal 45'

8 November 2003
Hong Kong  0–0  Tajikistan

8 November 2003
18:00
Thailand  0–3  Uzbekistan
Shatskikh Goal 23'
Shishelov Goal 27'70'

10 November 2003
Hong Kong  2–1  Thailand
Cheung Sai Ho Goal 28'
Wong Chun Yue Goal 69'
Datsakorn Thonglao 64'

10 November 2003
18:00
Uzbekistan  0–0  Tajikistan

Played in Bangkok, Thailand.

17 November 2003
Thailand  4–0  Hong Kong
Noywech Goal 24'
Thonglao Goal 35'
Chaikamdee Goal 79'88' (pen.)

17 November 2003
20:00
Uzbekistan  4–1  Tajikistan
Shishelov Goal 8'36'
Kapadze Goal 50'
Koshelev Goal 61'
Burkhanov Goal 65'

19 November 2003
Tajikistan  0–1  Thailand
Chaiman Goal 83'

19 November 2003
20:00
Hong Kong  0–1  Uzbekistan
Shirshov Goal 32'

21 November 2003
Hong Kong  0–1  Tajikistan
Muhidinov Goal 68'

21 November 2003
17:00
Thailand  4–1  Uzbekistan
Noywech Goal 38'
Surasiang Goal 56'
Thongman Goal 78'
Chaikamdee Goal 81'
Koshelev Goal 88'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
Attendance: 25,000

Group B[edit]

NB: All Palestine's home matches played away.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Kuwait 16 6 5 1 0 17 5 +12
 Qatar 11 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4
 Singapore 4 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8
 Palestine 2 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8

4 September 2003
Singapore  1–3  Kuwait
Goncalves Goal 50'' Neda Goal 10'
Al-Mutawa Goal 67'90'
National Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 10,500

14 September 2003
Kuwait  2–1  Qatar
Abdullah Goal 56'
Wabran Goal 85'
Al-Ghanem Goal 27'

20 September 2003
Qatar  2–2  Kuwait
Bechir Goal 21'82' Redha Goal 26'
Al Ateeqi Goal 71'

24 September 2003
Palestine  1–1  Qatar
Mansour Goal 90' Abdullah Goal 47'

27 September 2003
Kuwait  4–0  Singapore
Abdullah Goal 25'78'
Al-Mutawa Goal 47'
Abdulreda Goal 53'

27 September 2003
Qatar  2–1  Palestine
Mohyeddin Goal 68'
Hamzah Goal 90'
Abdala Goal 77'


8 October 2003
Palestine  0–4  Kuwait
Abdullah Goal 36'57' (pen.)
Al-Mutawa Goal 42'46'

19 October 2003
Singapore  2–0  Palestine
Juraimi Goal 18'
Shah Goal 88'

22 October 2003
Palestine  0–0  Singapore

19 November 2003
Qatar  2–0  Singapore
Bechir Goal 10'
Mustafa Goal 28'

29 November 2003
Singapore  0–2  Qatar
Koni Goal 42'
Bechir Goal 55'

Group C[edit]

Played in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Saudi Arabia 18 6 6 0 0 31 1 +30
 Indonesia 10 6 3 1 2 9 13 −4
 Yemen 7 6 2 1 3 15 15 0
 Bhutan 0 6 0 0 6 0 26 −26

6 October 2003
Saudi Arabia  7–0  Yemen
Yusri Al Bashah 16',18',24',35'
Mohammed Noor 65'
Mohammad Al-Shalhoub 73'pk
Talal Al-Meshal 80'

6 October 2003
Indonesia  2–0  Bhutan
Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto 19'
Zaenal Arif 48'

8 October 2003
Yemen  0–3  Indonesia
Uston Nawawi 51',89'
Zaenal Arif 70'


10 October 2003
Saudi Arabia  5–0  Indonesia
Talal Al-Meshal 38',55',56'
Yusri Al Bashah 47',49'

10 October 2003
Bhutan  0–8  Yemen
Yasir Bashi 20',25',82'
Fikri Al-Habibshi 35'
Saled Al-Shiri 59'
Adel Al-Shiri 59'
Adel Al-Salemi 67',88'
Nashwan Aziz 74'


13 October 2003
Bhutan  0–2  Indonesia
Eduard Ivakdalam 19'
Zaenal Arif 33'

15 October 2003
Indonesia  2–2  Yemen
Eduard Ivakdalam 12'pk,38' Adel Al-Salimi 31pk
Ali Al-Amki 56'

15 October 2003
Bhutan  0–4  Saudi Arabia
Abdullah Jumaa 3',24',80'
Bandar Temim 44'pk


17 October 2003
Yemen  4–0  Bhutan
Nashwan Al-Jajjam 3', 20
Ali Al-Amki 33'
Adel Al-Salimi 81'

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iran 15 6 5 0 1 16 5 +11
 Jordan 15 6 5 0 1 13 6 +7
 Lebanon 4 6 1 1 4 2 8 −6
 North Korea 1 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12

4 September 2003
North Korea  0–1  Lebanon
Buddy Farah 56'
Pyongyang, North Korea
Attendance: 95, 000[1]

5 September 2003
Iran  4–1  Jordan
Ali Daei 45',90'
Nekounam 75'
Mobali 80
Mo'ayyad Salim 2'

26 September 2003
Jordan  3–2  Iran
Mo'ayyad Salim 41'
Shelbaieh 45'
Al-Shaqran 81'
Golmohammadi 6'
Majidi 59'

17 October 2003
Jordan  1–0  Lebanon
Hatem Aqel 86' (p.)

27 October 2003
North Korea  1–3  Iran
Myong Song-Chol Goal 61' Karimi Goal 47'79'
Navidkia Goal 87'

3 November 2003
Lebanon  1–1  North Korea
Khaled Hamieh 59' Kim Yong-chol 62'

12 November 2003
Lebanon  0–2  Jordan
Hassouneh Al-Sheikh 37'
Al-Shaqran 65'

12 November 2003
Iran  3 – 0 1  North Korea

18 November 2003
Jordan  3–0  North Korea
Shelbaieh 7'
Al-Shboul 89'
Anas Al-Zboun 90'

19 November 2003
Lebanon  0–3  Iran
Ali Daei 38' (p.)
Golmohammadi 61'
Nikbakht 80'

28 November 2003
Iran  1–0  Lebanon
Ali Daei 27

28 November 2003
North Korea  0 – 3 2  Jordan

1 The match was abandoned after 61 minutes with Iran leading 1–0 after North Korea walked off the pitch due to firecrackers thrown from the crowd; despite the instructions of the referee, North Korea refused to return to the pitch. The match was awarded 3–0 to Iran, who were ordered to play their next home match in an official AFC or FIFA competition behind closed doors.

2 The match was abandoned after North Korean immigration officials refused Jordan's team entry into the country, claiming that they had failed to obtain the correct visa. The match was awarded 3–0 to Jordan, while North Korea were found guilty of improper conduct by the AFC, suspended from AFC competitions for one year, and banned from qualifying for the 2007 Asian Cup.

Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Oman 15 6 5 0 1 24 2 +22
 South Korea 12 6 4 0 2 30 4 +26
 Vietnam 9 6 3 0 3 8 13 −5
   Nepal 0 6 0 0 6 0 43 −43

Played in Incheon, Korea Republic.

25 September 2003
Nepal    0–7  Oman
Fawzi Bashir Goal 2'25'
Ahmed Hadid Goal 4'12'
Hassan Mudhafar Goal 6'
Badar Al-Maimani Goal 51'
Hani Al-Dhabit Goal 59'

25 September 2003
Vietnam  0–5  South Korea
Lee Ki-Hyung Goal 35'
Cho Jae-Jin Goal 49'
Kim Do-Hoon Goal 68'
Kim Dae-Ui Goal 72'
Woo Sung-Yong Goal 86'

27 September 2003
Vietnam  5–0    Nepal
Pham Van Quyen Goal 14'23'36'
Nguyen Tuan Phong Goal 22'
Phan Thanh Binh Goal 90'

27 September 2003
South Korea  1–0  Oman
Choi Sung-Kuk Goal 46'

29 September 2003
Oman  6–0  Vietnam
Nasser Zayid Goal Goal Goal
Al-Dhabit Goal Goal
Badar Al-Maimani Goal

29 September 2003
South Korea  16–0    Nepal
Kim Dae-Eui Goal 18', Goal 37'
Woo Sung-Yong Goal 21', Goal 46', Goal 48'
Park Jin-Sub Goal 22', Goal 28', Goal 64', Goal 67', Goal 89'
Lee Eul-Yong Goal 54'
Lee Kwan-Woo Goal 57'
Kim Do-Hoon Goal 75', Goal 84', Goal 86'
Chung Kyung-Ho Goal 80'

Played in Muscat, Oman.

19 October 2003
Nepal    0–6  Oman
Fawzi Bashir Goal 18'62'82'
Yousuf Shaaban Goal 20'
Ahmed Hadid Goal 44'
Hashim Saleh Goal 78'

19 October 2003
South Korea  0–1  Vietnam
Pham Van Quyen Goal 74'

21 October 2003
Vietnam  2–0    Nepal
Nguyen Minh Phuong Goal 49'
Phan Thanh Binh Goal 50'

21 October 2003
Oman  3–1  South Korea
Al-Dhabit Goal 60'
Hashim Saleh Goal 64'
Fawzi Bashir Goal 88'
Chung Kyung-Ho Goal 49'
Woo Sung-Yong Red card 91'

24 October 2003
South Korea  7–0    Nepal
Cho Jae-Jin Goal 1'
Lee Ki-Hyung Goal 5'51'
Kim Do-Hoon Goal 15' (pen.)31'33'
Chung Kyung-Ho Goal 51'

24 October 2003
Oman  2–0  Vietnam
Al-Dhabit Goal 47'
Ahmed Hadid Goal 68'

Group F[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iraq 13 6 4 1 1 16 4 +12
 Bahrain 13 6 4 1 1 14 9 +5
 Malaysia 5 6 1 2 3 9 12 −3
 Myanmar 3 6 1 0 5 4 18 −14

Played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

8 October 2003
Iraq  5–1  Bahrain
Younis Mahmoud Goal 5' Goal 48' Goal 69' Goal 83'
Jassim Swadi Goal 25'
Saleh Farhan Goal 71'
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 350
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan)

8 October 2003
Malaysia  4–0  Myanmar
Tengku Hazman Goal 34' Goal 80'
Gilbert Cassidy Goal 67'
Tun Lin Soe Goal 86' (o.g.)
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Yang Ziqiang (China)

10 October 2003
Myanmar  1–3  Bahrain
Soe Myat Min Goal 77' Talal Yousef Goal 14'
A'ala Hubail Goal 49'
Hussain Ali Ahmed Goal 76'
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 800
Referee: Santhan Nagalingam (Singapore)

10 October 2003
Malaysia  0–0  Iraq
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Khantama Adunyachart (Thailand)

12 October 2003
Iraq  3–0  Myanmar
Haidar Obeid Goal 39'
Ahmad Mnajed Goal 50'
Hesham Mohammed Goal 86'
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 500
Referee: Yang Ziqiang (China)

12 October 2003
Malaysia  2–2  Bahrain
Shukor Adan Goal 80'
Norhafiz Zamani Misbah Goal 90'
Sayed Mahmood Jalal Goal 6'
Mohammed Husain Bahzad Goal 45'
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan)

Played in Manama, Bahrain.

20 October 2003
Iraq  5–1  Malaysia
Qusai Hashim Goal 20'
Younis Mahmoud Goal 36' Goal 45' Goal 63'
Hussam Fawzi Goal 70'
Hairuddin Omar Goal 53'

20 October 2003
Bahrain  4–0  Myanmar
Abdulla Al Marzooqi Goal 22'
Hussain Ali AhmedGoal 27'
Sayed Mahmood Jalal Goal 45'
Saleh Farhan Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Abdullah Al-Harrasi (Oman)

22 October 2003
Myanmar  1–3  Iraq
Zaw Zaw Goal 45' Abbas Hassan Goal 38'
Abbas Rahim Goal 66'
Jassim Swadi Goal 89' (pen.)
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 300
Referee: Farajollah Yasrebi (Iran)

22 October 2003
Bahrain  3–1  Malaysia
Hussain Ali Ahmed Goal 30' Goal 45'
Talal Yousef Goal 43' (pen.)
Indra Putra Mahayuddin Goal 37'
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Talat Najem (Lebanon)

24 October 2003
Myanmar  2–1  Malaysia
Soe Myat Min Goal 25'
Fadzli Saari Goal 43' (o.g.)
Hairuddin Omar Goal 86'
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Abdullah Al-Harrasi (Oman)

24 October 2003
Bahrain  1–0  Iraq
A'ala Hubail Goal 12'
Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Mohammed Omar Al-Saaedi (UAE)

Group G[edit]

NB: All of Sri Lanka's home matches were played away.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Turkmenistan 14 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8
 United Arab Emirates 13 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8
 Syria 7 6 2 1 3 16 10 +6
 Sri Lanka 0 6 0 0 6 1 23 −22

15 October 2003
Syria  5–0  Sri Lanka
Iyad Mando Goal 34'82'
Maher Al-Sayed Goal 54'84'
Firas Al-Khatib Goal 73'

18 October 2003
Sri Lanka  0–8  Syria
Firas Al-Khatib Goal 40'49'55'
Maher Al-Sayed Goal 45'65'
Iyad Mando Goal 60'
Nabil Al Shahmeh Goal 80'83'









28 November 2003
Syria  1–1  Turkmenistan
Anas Sari Goal 10' Urazow Goal 16'

3 December 2003
Turkmenistan  3 – 01  Syria

1 Syria failed to show up for the match. The match was awarded 3–0 to Turkmenistan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/30/1067233325247.html?from=storyrhs

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