2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round

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The AFC Fourth Round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification was decided by a random draw conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 June 2008. The round commenced on 6 September 2008, and finished on 17 June 2009.

The top two countries in each group at the end of the stage qualified directly to the World Cup Finals in South Africa, with the two third-placed countries advancing to the AFC play-off.

Format[edit]

The 10 teams (2 teams from each group in the third round) were divided into four pots for the draw, three containing two teams and one containing four. The seeding for the fourth round was based on that used in the third round draw, but Saudi Arabia and Japan (seeded equal 4th in that draw) were separated by a random selection held at the start of the fourth round draw. The pots were as follows:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Australia
 South Korea

 Iran
 Japan

 Saudi Arabia
 Bahrain

 Uzbekistan
 North Korea
 United Arab Emirates
 Qatar

The 10 teams were split into two groups of five teams each – each containing one team from each of Pots 1, 2 and 3, as well as 2 teams from Pot 4.

The top two teams in each group qualified for the World Cup Finals, with the two third-placed sides advancing to a playoff. All teams played home and away against each of the other four teams in the group.

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 8 6 2 0 12 1 +11 20
 Japan 8 4 3 1 11 6 +5 15
 Bahrain 8 3 1 4 6 8 −2 10
 Qatar 8 1 3 4 5 14 −9 6
 Uzbekistan 8 1 1 6 5 10 −5 4
  Australia Bahrain Japan Qatar Uzbekistan
Australia  2 – 0 2 – 1 4 – 0 2 – 0
Bahrain  0 – 1 2 – 3 1 – 0 1 – 0
Japan  0 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 1
Qatar  0 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 3 3 – 0
Uzbekistan  0 – 1 0 – 1 0 – 1 4 – 0

Bahrain  2–3  Japan
Isa Goal 87'
Tulio Goal 89' (o.g.)
Report S. Nakamura Goal 18'
Endō Goal 44' (pen.)
K. Nakamura Goal 85'

Qatar  3–0  Uzbekistan
Siddiq Goal 37'
Magid Mohamed Goal 73'
Al-Bloushi Goal 86'
Report

Uzbekistan  0–1  Australia
Report Chipperfield Goal 26'
Attendance: 34,000

Qatar  1–1  Bahrain
Soria Goal 6' Report Fatadi Goal 67'

Australia  4–0  Qatar
Cahill Goal 8'
Emerton Goal 17' (pen.)58'
Kennedy Goal 76'
Report
Attendance: 34,320

Japan  1–1  Uzbekistan
Tamada Goal 40' Report Shatskikh Goal 27'
Attendance: 55,142

Bahrain  0–1  Australia
Report Bresciano Goal 90+3'

Qatar  0–3  Japan
Report Tanaka Goal 19'
Tamada Goal 47'
Tulio Goal 68'
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China PR)

Japan  0–0  Australia
Report
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

Uzbekistan  0–1  Bahrain
Report Abdulrahman Goal 90+4'

Japan  1–0  Bahrain
S. Nakamura Goal 47' Report
Attendance: 57,276

Uzbekistan  4–0  Qatar
Tadjiyev Goal 34'45+2'53'
Soliev Goal 62'
Report
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Australia  2–0  Uzbekistan
Kennedy Goal 66'
Kewell Goal 73' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 57,292

Bahrain  1–0  Qatar
Aaish Goal 52' Report

Uzbekistan  0–1  Japan
Report Okazaki Goal 9'
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

Qatar  0–0  Australia
Report

Australia  2–0  Bahrain
Sterjovski Goal 55'
Carney Goal 88'
Report
Attendance: 39,540

Japan  1–1  Qatar
Al Binali Goal 3' (o.g.) Report Afif Goal 53' (pen.)

Australia  2–1  Japan
Cahill Goal 59'77' Report Tulio Goal 39'

Bahrain  1–0  Uzbekistan
Abdulrahman Goal 73' Report

Group B[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 8 4 4 0 12 4 +8 16
 North Korea 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 12
 Saudi Arabia 8 3 3 2 8 8 0 12
 Iran 8 2 5 1 8 7 +1 11
 United Arab Emirates 8 0 1 7 6 17 −11 1
  Iran North Korea South Korea Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates
Iran  2 – 1 1 – 1 1 – 2 1 – 0
North Korea  0 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 0 2 – 0
South Korea  1 – 1 1 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 1
Saudi Arabia  1 – 1 0 – 0 0 – 2 3 – 2
United Arab Emirates  1 – 1 1 – 2 0 – 2 1 – 2

United Arab Emirates  1–2  North Korea
Saeed Goal 86' Report Choe Kum-Chol Goal 72'
An Chol-Hyok Goal 81'

Saudi Arabia  1–1  Iran
Al-Harthi Goal 29' Report Nekounam Goal 81'

North Korea  1–1  South Korea
Hong Yong-Jo Goal 64' (pen.) Report Ki Sung-Yueng Goal 69'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

United Arab Emirates  1–2  Saudi Arabia
Khater Goal 23' Report Otaif Goal 69'
Al-Fraidi Goal 73'

South Korea  4–1  United Arab Emirates
Lee Keun-Ho Goal 20'80'
Park Ji-sung Goal 26'
Kwak Tae-Hwi Goal 89'
Report Al Hammadi Goal 72'
Attendance: 30,000

Iran  2–1  North Korea
Mahdavikia Goal 9'
Nekounam Goal 63'
Report Jong Tae-Se Goal 72'
Attendance: 60,000

United Arab Emirates  1–1  Iran
Juma'a Goal 19' Report Bagheri Goal 81'

Saudi Arabia  0–2  South Korea
Report Lee Keun-Ho Goal 76'
Park Chu-Young Goal 90+2'

North Korea  1–0  Saudi Arabia
Mun In-Guk Goal 28' Report

Iran  1–1  South Korea
Nekounam Goal 58' Report Park Ji-sung Goal 81'
Attendance: 75,000

North Korea  2–0  United Arab Emirates
Pak Nam-Chol Goal 51'
Mun In-Guk Goal 90+3'
Report
Attendance: 50,000

Iran  1–2  Saudi Arabia
Shojaei Goal 57' Report Hazazi Goal 79'
Al-Muwallad Goal 87'
Attendance: 100,000

South Korea  1–0  North Korea
 Kim Chi-Woo Goal 86' Report
Attendance: 48,000

Saudi Arabia  3–2  United Arab Emirates
Otaif Goal 4' (pen.)
Juma Goal 70' (o.g.)
Hazazi Goal 85'
Report Al Shehhi Goal 38'
Matar Goal 45+1'

North Korea  0–0  Iran
Report
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China PR)

United Arab Emirates  0–2  South Korea
Report Park Chu-Young Goal 9'
Ki Sung-Yueng Goal 37'
Attendance: 4,000

South Korea  0–0  Saudi Arabia
Report
Attendance: 32,510

Iran  1–0  United Arab Emirates
Karimi Goal 53' Report
Attendance: 38,000

South Korea  1–1  Iran
Park Ji-sung Goal 82' Report Shojaei Goal 52'
Attendance: 40,000

Saudi Arabia  0–0  North Korea
Report

Goalscorers[edit]

As of 17 June, there have been 81 goals scored in 40 games, for an average of 2.03 goals per game.

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Notes[edit]

Several Iranian players started their away match against South Korea wearing green armbands or wristbands, a symbol of protest at the outcome of the Iranian presidential election.[2] Most removed them at half-time. The newspaper Iran reported that Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Hosein Kaebi, and Vahid Hashemian had received life bans from the Iranian FA for the gesture.[3] However, the Iranian FA denied this claim in a response to FIFA's inquiry saying that "the comments in foreign media are nothing but lies and a mischievous act."[4] The Iran national team head coach Afshin Ghotbi also confirmed that it was a rumour and Iranian FA "has not taken any official stand on this issue."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Match played in Shanghai, China, as was the corresponding fixture in the Third Round, as North Korea refused to play the anthem and fly the flag of South Korea.
  2. ^ "Iranian football team shows support for Mousavi with green arm bands at Seoul World Cup qualifier". The Daily Telegraph. London. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Tiat, Robert (25 June 2009). "Iranian players receive life bans for gestures". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Iran denies punishing players for wearing green wristbands". London: The Daily Telegraph. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Bell, Jack (26 June 2009). "Iran Did Not Suspend Players, Coach Says". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 

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