2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round

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The AFC Third Round of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification began on 9 February 2005 and finished on 17 August 2005.

The top two countries in each group at the end of the stage qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, while the third-placed teams entered a play-off to determine an entrant for the play-off with the fifth-placed CONCACAF team.

Format[edit]

The 8 group-winners from the previous round were split into two groups of four teams each – with all teams playing home and away against each of the other three teams in the group.

The top two teams in each group qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The pots were as follows:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 South Korea
 Japan

 Saudi Arabia
 Iran

 Bahrain
 Uzbekistan

 Kuwait
 North Korea

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Saudi Arabia 6 4 2 0 10 1 +9 14
 South Korea 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4 10
 Uzbekistan 6 1 2 3 7 11 −4 5
 Kuwait 6 1 1 4 4 13 −9 4
  South Korea Kuwait Saudi Arabia Uzbekistan
South Korea  2–0 0–1 2–1
Kuwait  0–4 0–0 2–1
Saudi Arabia  2–0 3–0 3–0
Uzbekistan  1–1 3–2 1–1


9 February 2005
South Korea  2–0  Kuwait
Lee Dong-Gook Goal 23'
Lee Young-Pyo Goal 81'
(Report)
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 53,287
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

9 February 2005
Uzbekistan  1–1  Saudi Arabia
Soliev Goal 90+3' (Report) Al-Jaber Goal 77'
Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

25 March 2005
Kuwait  2–1  Uzbekistan
Abdullah Goal 7'62' (Report) Geynrikh Goal 77'
Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China PR)

30 March 2005
Kuwait  0–0  Saudi Arabia
(Report)
Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

30 March 2005
South Korea  2–1  Uzbekistan
Lee Young-Pyo Goal 55'
Lee Dong-Gook Goal 62'
(Report) Geynrikh Goal 79'
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 62,857
Referee: Tallat Najm (Lebanon)

3 June 2005
Saudi Arabia  3–0  Kuwait
Al-Shalhoub Goal 19'49'
Al-Harthi Goal 83'
(Report)
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

3 June 2005
Uzbekistan  1–1  South Korea
Shatskikh Goal 62' (Report) Park Chu-Young Goal 90+1'
Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

8 June 2005
Saudi Arabia  3–0  Uzbekistan
Al-Jaber Goal 8'60'
Al-Harthi Goal 87'
(Report)
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Huang Junjie (China PR)

17 August 2005
South Korea  0–1  Saudi Arabia
(Report) Al-Anbar Goal 5'
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 61,586
Referee: Chaiwat Kunsuta (Thailand)

17 August 2005
Uzbekistan  3–2  Kuwait
Djeparov Goal 41' (pen.)
Shatskikh Goal 62'
Soliev Goal 76'
(Report) Al-Mutawa Goal 16'
Abdullah Goal 31'

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 6 5 0 1 9 4 +5 15
 Iran 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
 Bahrain 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 4
 North Korea 6 1 0 5 5 11 −6 3
  Bahrain Iran Japan North Korea
Bahrain  0–0 0–1 2–3
Iran  1–0 2–1 1–0
Japan  1–0 2–1 2–1
North Korea  1–2 0–2 0–2


9 February 2005
Japan  2–1  North Korea
Ogasawara Goal 4'
Oguro Goal 90+1'
(Report) Nam Song-Chol Goal 61'
Saitama Stadium, Saitama
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)

9 February 2005
Bahrain  0–0  Iran
(Report)

25 March 2005
North Korea  1–2  Bahrain
Pak Song-Gwan Goal 63' (Report) Ali Goal 7'58'

25 March 2005
Iran  2–1  Japan
Hashemian Goal 13'75' (Report) Fukunishi Goal 66'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 110,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

30 March 2005
North Korea  0–2  Iran
(Report) Mahdavikia Goal 34'
Nekounam Goal 79'
Kim Il Sung Stadium, Pyongyang
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Mohammed Kousa (Syria)

30 March 2005
Japan  1–0  Bahrain
Salmeen Goal 72' (o.g.) (Report)
Saitama Stadium, Saitama
Attendance: 67,549
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

3 June 2005
Iran  1–0  North Korea
Rezaei Goal 45' (Report)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)

3 June 2005
Bahrain  0–1  Japan
(Report) Ogasawara Goal 34'

8 June 2005
Iran  1–0  Bahrain
Nosrati Goal 48' (Report)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (Korea Republic)

Note: This match was used as backdrop for the 2006 Iranian film Offside.

8 June 2005
North Korea  0–2  Japan
(Report) Yanagisawa Goal 67'
Oguro Goal 89'

Note: Since there were crowd troubles in the previous two North Korea's home matches,[1] FIFA decided that the next one North Korea's home match be moved to a neutral venue (Thailand) and played behind closed doors.[2]