2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round

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The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC play-off was the first round of the Asian Football Confederation qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The 14 teams with the lowest FIFA rankings played home-and-away knockout matches to qualify for the second stage.

Matches[edit]

19 November 2003
19:00
Turkmenistan  11–0  Afghanistan
Öwekow Goal 6'35'
Kulyýew Goal 8'22'81'
Baýramow Goal 27'
Berdiýew Goal 42'
Agabaýew Goal 49'65'67'
Urazow Goal 90'
(Report)
Olympic Stadium, Ashgabat
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Emil Busurmankulov (Kyrgyzstan)

23 November 2003
13:30
Afghanistan  0–2  Turkmenistan
(Report) Kulyýew Goal 85'91'
National Stadium, Kabul
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Jahangir Khan (Pakistan)

Turkmenistan won 13–0 on aggregate and advanced to the Second Round.


23 November 2003
14:00
Chinese Taipei  3–0  Macau
Chuang Yao-tsung Goal 23'
Chen Jui-te Goal 52'
Chang Wu-yeh Goal 57'
(Report)

29 November 2003
15:00
Macau  1–3  Chinese Taipei
Fu Weng Lei Goal 87' (Report) Chen Jui-te Goal 14'69'
Chiang Shih-lu Goal 66'

Chinese Taipei won 6–1 on aggregate and advanced to the Second Round.


26 November 2003
15:00
Bangladesh  0–2  Tajikistan
(Report) Hamidov Goal 11'
Khakimov Goal 51'

30 November 2003
14:00
Tajikistan  2–0  Bangladesh
Kholmatov Goal 15'
Rabiev Goal 83'
(Report)
Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Manuel Pereira (India)

Tajikistan won 4–0 on aggregate and advanced to the Second Round.


29 November 2003
17:00
Laos  0–0  Sri Lanka
(Report)

3 December 2003
18:30
Sri Lanka  3–0  Laos
Ediri Goal 35'
Jayasuriya Goal 59'
Hameed Goal 90+3'
(Report)
Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Ali Saleem (Maldives)

Sri Lanka won 3–0 on aggregate and advanced to the Second Round.


29 November 2003
15:00
Pakistan  0–2  Kyrgyzstan
(Report) Boldygin Goal 36'
Chikishev Goal 59'
National Stadium, Karachi
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ibrahim Nesar (Bangladesh)

3 December 2003
13:00
Kyrgyzstan  4–0  Pakistan
Chikishev Goal 18'
Chertkov Goal 28'
Boldygin Goal 67'
Krasnov Goal 92'
(Report)
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Mamed Mamedov (Turkmenistan)

Kyrgyzstan won 6–0 on aggregate and advanced to the Second Round.


29 November 2003
13:00
Mongolia  0–1  Maldives
(Report) Nizam Goal 24'

3 December 2003
15:35
Maldives  12–0  Mongolia
Ashfaq Goal 4'61'63'68'
Nizam Goal 42'
Fazeel Goal 45+1'45+4'
Ghani Goal 65'
Thoriq Goal 74'78'
Battulga Goal 75' (o.g.)
Nazeeh Goal 80'
(Report)

Maldives won 13–0 on aggregate and advanced to the Second Round.


Also, both Guam and Nepal would play against each other. Nepal withdrew first, so Guam progressed but Guam withdrew later. So, FIFA decided to elect a "lucky loser", to find the best of the teams that lost, who would also advance to the Second Round. The losers were compared, using the following criteria to break ties: a) number of points; b) goal difference; c) goals scored.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Laos 2 0 1 1 0 3 −3 1
 Bangladesh 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
 Macau 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0
 Pakistan 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0
 Afghanistan 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13 0
 Mongolia 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13 0

Thus, Laos advanced to the Second Round.