2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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The 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification was held in late 2005 and the final qualification round was held from February to November 2006 with 25 nations participating.

For the first time, the defending champions (Japan), did not earn an automatic berth in the finals and had to compete in the qualification tournament. Twelve teams from top two of each groups joined with four host nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) qualify for the final tournament.

Teams that did not enter[edit]

16 national teams did not enter qualifying (The team's FIFA World Ranking was considered for November 2005):

Team excluded[edit]

Thus, out of 46 national teams, 29 entered the qualifying.

Preliminary round[edit]

In December 2005, Bangladesh and Pakistan played off in a home and away series (with Bangladesh hosting the first leg), to determine which team would progress to the final qualifying round. This was originally scheduled in November but the earthquake in Pakistan forced it to be postponed.

After a goalless first leg in Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 22 December 2005, Bangladesh won the second leg thanks to the goal from Firaj Mahmud Hossain at the 84 minute in People's Sports Complex, Karachi, Pakistan four days later. Bangladesh qualified with the 1–0 on aggregate.


Bangladesh 0–0 Pakistan
(Report)

Pakistan 0–1 Bangladesh
(Report) Firaj Mahmud Goal 84'

 Pakistan also qualified after  Sri Lanka withdrew.

Seedings[edit]

The seeding was based on the 2004 competition, including results during qualifying. The teams in their respective pots also are listed with respect to their performance. Note that Jordan and Uzbekistan were placed higher than South Korea and Iraq. For the tie-breaker here served the fact that Jordan and Uzbekistan were eliminated on penalty shootout, while the other two teams were clearly defeated. Uzbekistan precedes Jordan as it won its group, while Jordan placed second. The same principle is applied to the rest of the teams on the list. The Australian team which had just joined the Asian Football Confederation on 1 January 2006 and had not participated in previous tournaments was given the lowest rank.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D

 Japan
 China PR
 Iran
 Bahrain
 Uzbekistan
 Jordan

 South Korea
 Iraq
 Saudi Arabia
 Kuwait
 Qatar
 Oman

 United Arab Emirates
 Syria
 Yemen
 Lebanon
 Singapore
 Hong Kong

 Palestine
 Chinese Taipei
 Pakistan*
 Bangladesh
 India
 Australia

* = Replace Sri Lanka

Tie-breaking criteria[edit]

If two or more teams in a group are equal on points on completion of the group matches, their places shall be determined as follows:

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned.
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned.
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned (Away Goals do not apply in this stage of the competition).
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches.
  5. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play.
  6. Drawing of lots.

Qualifying round[edit]

  • Pakistan is added back into the final qualifying round after Sri Lanka withdrew at the last minute.
  • 24 teams will be split into six groups of four, playing in a home and away format. The top two of each group will progress to the finals. Matches will start on 22 February 2006 and ends on 15 November 2006.
  • On 1 August 2006, Lebanon officially withdrew from the competition after having played only one match, due to their ongoing conflict with Israel.[1]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Japan 15 6 5 0 1 15 2 +13
 Saudi Arabia 15 6 5 0 1 21 4 +17
 Yemen 6 6 2 0 4 5 13 −8
 India 0 6 0 0 6 2 24 −22

Note: Japan is ranked higher than Saudi Arabia by the two head-to-head game results (Japan 3 – 2 Saudi Arabia).

Japan 6–0 India
Ono Goal 32'
Maki Goal 58'
Fukunishi Goal 68'
Kubo Goal 78', Goal 90'
Satō Goal 82'
(Report)
Attendance: 38,025
Referee: Huang Junjie (China PR)

Yemen 0–4 Saudi Arabia
(Report) Al Sawailh Goal 14', Goal 89'
Al-Shalhoub Goal 77', Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Saad Kameel Al Fadhli (Kuwait)

India 0–3 Yemen
(Report) S. Abdullah Goal 6'
Al-Hubaishi Goal 43'
Al Nono Goal 56' (pen.)
Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

India 0–3 Saudi Arabia
(Report) Al-Qahtani Goal 2', Goal 19', Goal 50'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Satop Tongkhan (Thailand)

Japan 2–0 Yemen
Abe Goal 70'
Satō Goal 90+1'
(Report)
Attendance: 40,913
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

Saudi Arabia 1–0 Japan
Bashir Goal 73' (Report)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

Saudi Arabia 7–1 India
Bashir Goal 30', Goal 46'
Al Mahyani Goal 33'
Ameen Goal 57'
Al Hagbani Goal 61'
Al Suwaileh Goal 78', Goal 86'
(Report) Manju Goal 22'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Mohamed Omar Al Saeedi (United Arab Emirates)

Yemen 0–1 Japan
(Report) Ganaha Goal 90'

India 0–3 Japan
(Report) Bando Goal 23', Goal 44'
Nakamura Goal 83'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Chan Siu Kee (Hong Kong)

Saudi Arabia 5–0 Yemen
Bashir Goal 22'
Ameen Goal 27'
Fallatah Goal 65'
Al Mahyani Goal 68', Goal 90+2'
(Report)

Japan 3–1 Saudi Arabia
Tulio Goal 20'
Ganaha Goal 29', Goal 49'
(Report) Al-Qahtani Goal 33' (pen.)
Attendance: 40,965
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Yemen 2–1 India
Al-Haggam Goal 60'
Al-Nono Goal 82'
(Report) Pradeep Goal 52'
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Hassan Marshoud (Jordan)

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iran 14 6 4 2 0 12 2 +10
 South Korea 11 6 3 2 1 15 5 +10
 Syria 8 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4
 Chinese Taipei 0 6 0 0 6 0 24 −24
Iran 4–0 Chinese Taipei
Teymourian Goal 35'
Madanchi Goal 47', Goal 60'
Daei Goal 82'
(Report)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ala Abdul Kadir Nema (Iraq)

Syria 1–2 South Korea
Al Khatib Goal 49' (Report) Kim Doo-Hyun Goal 5'
Lee Chun-Soo Goal 50'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

Chinese Taipei 0–4 Syria
(Report) Chabbo Goal 29', Goal 58'
Al Hussain Goal 45'
Al Khatib Goal 64'
Attendance: 700
Referee: O il Son (Korea DPR)

Chinese Taipei 0–3 South Korea
(Report) Ahn Jung-Hwan Goal 31'
Jung Jo-Gook Goal 53'
Kim Doo-Hyun Goal 80'
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Subrata Sarkar (India)

Iran 1–1 Syria
Nekounam Goal 71' (Report) Chaabo Goal 88'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

South Korea 1–1 Iran
Seol Ki-Hyeon Goal 45' (Report) Hashemian Goal 90'
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

South Korea 8–0 Chinese Taipei
Seol Ki-Hyeon Goal 3', Goal 52'
Jung Jo-Gook Goal 4', Goal 45', Goal 88'
Cho Jae-Jin Goal 19', Goal 82'
Kim Do-Heon Goal 77'
(Report)

Syria 0–2 Iran
(Report) Nosrati Goal 20'
Nekounam Goal 56'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan)

Chinese Taipei 0–2 Iran
(Report) Karimi Goal 10', Goal 56'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tayeb Hasan Shamsuzzaman (Bangladesh)

South Korea 1–1 Syria
Cho Jae-Jin Goal 9' (Report) Al Sayed Goal 18'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Chaiwat Kunsuta (Thailand)

Iran 2–0 South Korea
Enayati Goal 48'
Badamaki Goal 90'
(Report)
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abdulhameed Ebrahim (Bahrain)

Syria 3–0 Chinese Taipei
Al Jaban Goal 51'
Al Khatib Goal 62', Goal 79'
(Report)
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United Arab Emirates 13 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5
 Oman 12 6 4 0 2 14 6 +8
 Jordan 10 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5
 Pakistan 0 6 0 0 6 4 22 −18
Jordan 3–0 Pakistan
Aqel Goal 30' (pen.)
Shelbaieh Goal 38'
Al-Shagran Goal 41'
(Report)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

United Arab Emirates 1–0 Oman
Matar Goal 15' (Report)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Khalil Ibrahim Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)

Oman 3–0 Jordan
Saleh Goal 7'
Sulaiman Goal 18'
Zaher Goal 54'
(Report)
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Pakistan 1–4 United Arab Emirates
Essa Goal 60' (Report) Qassim Goal 68'
Matar Goal 78'
Saad Goal 81'
Al Kas Goal 88'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Satop Tongkhan (Thailand)

Pakistan 1–4 Oman
Essa Goal 79' (pen.) (Report) Al-Maimani Goal 15' (pen,), Goal 35'
Al Hosni Goal 27'
Sulaiman Goal 90'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Jordan 1–2 United Arab Emirates
Ra'fat Ali Goal 88' (Report) Omer Goal 52'
Khater Goal 67'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Naser Rashed Al Hamdan (Saudi Arabia)

United Arab Emirates 0–0 Jordan
(Report)

Oman 5–0 Pakistan
Al Hosni Goal 7'
Bashir Goal 35', Goal 85'
Sulaiman Goal 45'
Al-Touqi Goal 88'
(Report)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ala Abdul Kadir Nema (Iraq)

Pakistan 0–3 Jordan
(Report) Abdel-Hadi Al-Maharmeh Goal 16'
Ra'fat Ali Goal 37'
Khaled Saad Goal 85'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Dilovar Orzuev (Tajikistan)

Oman 2–1 United Arab Emirates
Mudhafar Goal 24'
Sulaiman Goal 28'
(Report) Omer Goal 57'
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Huang Junjie (China PR)

Jordan 3–0 Oman
Amer Deeb Goal 80'
Ra'fat Ali Goal 84'
Al-Sheikh Goal 90'
(Report)
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

United Arab Emirates 3–2 Pakistan
Abbas Goal 54'
Omer Goal 58', Goal 73'
(Report) Akram Goal 23'
Ahmed Goal 67'

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Australia 9 4 3 0 1 7 3 +4
 Bahrain 4 4 1 1 2 3 6 −3
 Kuwait 4 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1
 Lebanon - - - - - - - -

Note: Bahrain is ranked higher than Kuwait by the two head-to-head game results (Bahrain 2 – 1 Kuwait).

Bahrain 1–3 Australia
Ali Goal 35' (Report) Thompson Goal 53'
Skoko Goal 79'
Elrich Goal 87' (pen.)
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)

Lebanon 1 – 1
Annulled1
 Kuwait
A. Nasseredine Goal 70' (Report) F. Al Hamad Goal 25'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Salem Mujghef (Jordan)

Kuwait 0–0 Bahrain
(Report)
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Australia 2–0 Kuwait
Dodd Goal 75'
Petrovski Goal 86'
(Report)
Attendance: 32,622
Referee: Huang Junjie (China PR)

Kuwait 2–0 Australia
Al Mutairi Goal 56'
Al-Mutawa Goal 59'
(Report)
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

Australia 2–0 Bahrain
Aloisi Goal 17'
Bresciano Goal 24'
(Report)
Attendance: 36,606
Referee: Fareed Ali Mohamed Al Marzouqi (United Arab Emirates)

Bahrain 2–1 Kuwait
Yousef Goal 35' (pen.)
Ghuloom Goal 43'
(Report) Laheeb Goal 70'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (Korea Republic)

1 On 1 August 2006, it was announced that the AFC had accepted a withdrawal request from the Federation Libanaise de Football due to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. [2] The results of the Lebanon-Kuwait game on 22 February 2006 have been declared null and void and do not count towards the group rankings.[3]

The following fixtures were also canceled:

  • against Bahrain, 16 August 2006
  • against Australia, 31 August 2006
  • against Bahrain, 6 September 2006
  • against Kuwait, 11 October 2006
  • against Australia, 15 November 2006

Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iraq 11 6 3 2 1 12 8 +4
 China PR 11 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4
 Singapore 4 5 1 1 3 4 6 −2
 Palestine 4 5 1 1 3 3 9 −6

Note: Iraq is ranked higher than China PR by the two head-to-head game results (Iraq 3 – 2 China PR).

China PR 2–0 Palestine
Du Wei Goal 23'
Li Weifeng Goal 62'
(Report)
Attendance: 16,500
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (Korea Republic)

Singapore 2–0 Iraq
Amri Goal 24'
Alam Shah Goal 83'
(Report)
Attendance: 10,221
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Palestine 1–0 Singapore
Attal Goal 75' (Report)
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

Iraq 2–1 China PR
Mahdi Karim Goal 16'
Hawar Mohamed Goal 67'
(Report) Tao Wei Goal 54'
Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates 1
Attendance: 7,700
Referee: Mohamed Omar Al Saeedi (United Arab Emirates)

China PR 1–0 Singapore
Shao Jiayi Goal 90+5' (pen.) (Report)
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Abdulhameed Ebrahim (Bahrain)

Palestine 0–3 Iraq
(Report) Younis Mahmoud Goal 59', Goal 62'
Mohammad Nasser Goal 90'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

Singapore 0–0 China PR
(Report)
Attendance: 39,000
Referee: Tayeb Hasan Shamsuzzaman (Bangladesh)

Iraq 2–2 Palestine
Salih Sadir Goal 70'
Hawar Mohamed Goal 75'
(Report) Amer Goal 13'
Al Amour Goal 78'
Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates 1
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Salem Mujghef (Jordan)

Iraq 4–2 Singapore
Younis Mahmoud Goal 35', Goal 68'
Mahdi Karim Goal 60'
Hawar Mohamed Goal 90+3'
(Report) Goncalves Goal 9'
Amri Goal 62'
Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates 1
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Mamed Mamedov (Turkmenistan)

Palestine 0–2 China PR
(Report) Mao Jianqing Goal 27'
Sun Xiang Goal 65'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Saad Kameel Al Fadhli (Kuwait)

China PR 1–1 Iraq
Han Peng Goal 40' (Report) Ahmed Salah Goal 65'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)

Singapore Cancelled[4] Palestine
(Report)


1 All Iraq's home matches played in Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates.
2 All Palestine's home matches played in Amman, Jordan.

Group F[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Qatar 15 6 5 0 1 14 4 +10
 Uzbekistan 11 6 3 2 1 14 4 +10
 Hong Kong 8 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2
 Bangladesh 0 6 0 0 6 1 19 −18
Uzbekistan 5–0 Bangladesh
Geynrikh Goal 10', Goal 52'
Djeparov Goal 24'
Shatskikh Goal 34', Goal 84'
(Report)
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Abdulhameed Ebrahim (Bahrain)

Hong Kong 0–3 Qatar
(Report) Yasser Goal 11'
Bechir Goal 44'
M. Mohamed Goal 90+5'
Attendance: 1,806
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

Bangladesh 0–1 Hong Kong
(Report) Chan Siu Ki Goal 82'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Subrata Sarkar (India)

Qatar 2–1 Uzbekistan
Adel Lamy Goal 45'
Nasser Goal 49'
(Report) B. Mohammed Goal 20' (o.g.)
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China PR)

Bangladesh 1–4 Qatar
Arman Goal 23' (Report) Rizik Goal 7' (pen.)
Adel Lamy Goal 36'
Ibrahim Goal 38', Goal 74'
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Mukhtar Al Yarimi (Yemen)

Uzbekistan 2–2 Hong Kong
Soliev Goal 18'
Shatskikh Goal 35'
(Report) Sham Kwok Keung Goal 66', Goal 87'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Qasem Shaban (Kuwait)

Hong Kong 0–0 Uzbekistan
(Report)
Attendance: 7,608
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

Qatar 3–0 Bangladesh
Yasser Goal 25'
Adel Lamy Goal 30'
Shammari Goal 52'
(Report)
Attendance: 500
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

Bangladesh 0–4 Uzbekistan
(Report) Zeytulaev Goal 11'
Bakaev Goal 18'
Djeparov Goal 22'
Shatskikh Goal 39' (pen.)
Attendance: 120
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Qatar 2–0 Hong Kong
B. Mohammed Goal 43'
Yasser Goal 53'
(Report)
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Mohammed Kousa (Syria)

Hong Kong 2–0 Bangladesh
Ambassa Guy Goal 43'74' (pen.) (Report)
Attendance: 1,273
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (Korea Republic)

Uzbekistan 2–0 Qatar
Koshelev Goal 31'
Zeytulaev Goal 52'
(Report)
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Mohamed Omar Al Saeedi (United Arab Emirates)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lebanon pull out of Asian Cup". afcasiancup.com. Retrieved 1 August 2006.
  2. ^ "AFC confirms Lebanon withdrawal request". Archived from the original on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Asian Cup qualifiers – Group D". Retrieved 6 September 2006.
  4. ^ Asian Football Confederation (15 November 2006). "AFC Asian Cup 2007 qualifying: Singapore-Palestine match cancelled". Retrieved 4 February 2011.

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