2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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The 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification saw various countries take part to determine 10 spots to the final tournament in Qatar under the new qualification system set by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Six other teams also qualified for the finals, even though they did not take part in the qualifiers:

Qualified teams[edit]

Final qualification status
  Team qualified for Asian Cup
  Team failed to qualify
Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1, 2
 Qatar Hosts 29 July 2007 7 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Iraq 2007 AFC Asian Cup winner 25 July 2007 6 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Saudi Arabia 2007 AFC Asian Cup runner-up 25 July 2007 7 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 South Korea 2007 AFC Asian Cup third place 28 July 2007 11 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 India 2008 AFC Challenge Cup winner 13 August 2008 2 (1964, 1984)
 Uzbekistan Group C runner-up 18 November 2009 4 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Syria Group D winner 18 November 2009 4 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
 Iran Group E winner 6 January 2010 11 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 China PR Group D runner-up 6 January 2010 9 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Japan Group A winner 6 January 2010 6 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 Bahrain Group A runner-up 6 January 2010 3 (1988, 2004, 2007)
 United Arab Emirates Group C winner 6 January 2010 7 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2007)
 North Korea 2010 AFC Challenge Cup winner 27 February 2010 2 (1980, 1992)
 Australia Group B winner 3 March 2010 1 (2007)
 Kuwait Group B runner-up 3 March 2010 8 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Jordan Group E runner-up 3 March 2010 1 (2004)

Notes:

1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host

Seedings[edit]

On 6 December 2007 the Asian Football Confederation announced the seeding for the preliminary round of the 2011 tournament:[1]

Automatic Qualifiers Other Teams
  • Teams marked '*' withdrew prior to the draw. All of them participated in the 2008 and 2010 AFC Challenge Cup, and therefore had a chance to qualify via those two tournaments.
  • India (marked '**') were drawn into Group C of the qualifiers, but withdrew from the qualifiers following their victory in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup which automatically qualified them for the final tournament.
  • Maldives (marked '***') were the only other team that entered the Asian Cup qualifiers who could also qualify via the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup, but they were eliminated from the Asian Cup qualifiers before the group stage.
  • The following teams did not enter main qualification, but could qualify via the AFC Challenge Cups if they chose to enter:

Preliminary round[edit]

The preliminary round reduced the number of non-automatic qualifiers to 20. Following the withdrawals of Korea DPR, Myanmar and Turkmenistan, only two teams were involved. The two lowest ranked AFC teams, Lebanon and Maldives, played home-and-away matches in April 2008. The away goals rule would be applied, and extra time and penalty shootout would be used to decide the winner if necessary. The winner of the preliminary round advanced to the qualifying round, where it was joined by the 19 teams seeded 4th to 22nd.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lebanon  6–1  Maldives 4–0 2–1

Lebanon 4–0 Maldives
El Ali Goal 5'
Yaacoub Goal 11'
Atwi Goal 13' (pen.)
Ghaddar Goal 39'
Report

Maldives 1–2 Lebanon
Shamweel Qasim Goal 22' Report Korhani Goal 9'
Al Jamal Goal 75'

Lebanon won 6–1 on aggregate and advanced to the group stage.

Qualifying round[edit]

The 20 teams were divided into five groups of four. Teams played each other home and way in a round-robin format. The top two in each group advanced to the 2011 tournament where they were joined by the other qualifiers — Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India and North Korea.

Seedings[edit]

The following teams were drawn at this round:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Tiebreakers[edit]

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[2]

  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;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Drawing of lots.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 6 5 0 1 17 4 +13 15
 Bahrain 6 4 0 2 12 6 +6 12
 Yemen 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7
 Hong Kong 6 0 1 5 1 18 −17 1
  Bahrain Hong Kong Japan Yemen
Bahrain  4–0 1–0 4–0
Hong Kong  1–3 0–4 0–0
Japan  2–0 6–0 2–1
Yemen  3–0 1–0 2–3

Japan 2–1 Yemen
Okazaki Goal 7'
Tatsuya Tanaka Goal 66'
Report Al-Fadhli Goal 47'
Attendance: 30,654
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Hong Kong 1–3 Bahrain
Cheng Siu Wai Goal 90' Report Abdullatif Goal 10'
Fatadi Goal 37'
Salman Isa Goal 87'
Attendance: 6,013
Referee: Vo Minh Tri (Vietnam)

Yemen 1–0 Hong Kong
Al Selwi Goal 52' Report
Attendance: 10,000

Bahrain 1–0 Japan
Salman Isa Goal 24' Report

Japan 6–0 Hong Kong
Okazaki Goal 17'74'76'
Nagatomo Goal 28'
Nakazawa Goal 50'
Túlio Goal 67'
Report
Attendance: 16,028
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Hong Kong 0–4 Japan
Report Hasebe Goal 32'
Satō Goal 74'
S. Nakamura Goal 84'
Okazaki Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Attendance: 13,254

Bahrain 4–0 Yemen
Abdullatif Goal 20'
Fatadi Goal 28'
Salman Goal 64'
Al-Dali Goal 75' (o.g.)
Report
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Mohsen Basma (Syria)

Yemen 2–3 Japan
Al-Fadhli Goal 13'
Abbod Goal 39'
Report Hirayama Goal 42'55'79'
Attendance: 10,000

Bahrain 4–0 Hong Kong
Abdullatif Goal 35'40'44'
Adnan Goal 79'
Report

Yemen 3–0 Bahrain
Al Nono Goal 5'25'
Al Abidi Goal 86'
Report
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Japan 2–0 Bahrain
Okazaki Goal 36'
Honda Goal 90+2'
Report
Attendance: 38,042

Hong Kong 0–0 Yemen
Report
Attendance: 1,212
Referee: Vo Minh Tri (Vietnam)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11
 Kuwait 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9
 Oman 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
 Indonesia 6 0 3 3 3 6 −3 3
  Australia Indonesia Kuwait Oman
Australia  1–0 0–1 1–0
Indonesia  0–0 1–1 1–2
Kuwait  2–2 2–1 0–1
Oman  1–2 0–0 0–0

Oman 0–0 Indonesia
Report

Indonesia 0–0 Australia
Report

Kuwait 0–1 Oman
Report Rabia Goal 64'

Australia 0–1 Kuwait
Report Neda Goal 38'
Attendance: 20,032
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Australia 1–0 Oman
Cahill Goal 74' Report
Attendance: 20,595
Referee: Maasaki Toma (Japan)

Oman 1–2 Australia
Ayil Goal 15' (pen.) Report Wilkshire Goal 43'
Emerton Goal 82'

Kuwait 2–1 Indonesia
Al-Mutawa Goal 61' (pen.)87' Report Bambang Goal 33'

Indonesia 1–1 Kuwait
Budi Goal 45+4' Report Ajab Goal 72'
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Minoru Toju (Japan)

Indonesia 1–2 Oman
Boaz Goal 45' Report Bashir Goal 32'
Sulaiman Goal 52'

Kuwait 2–2 Australia
Bandar Goal 40'
Naser Goal 44'
Report Wilkshire Goal 2'
Heffernan Goal 4'

Australia 1–0 Indonesia
Milligan Goal 42' Report
Attendance: 20,422
Referee: Kenji Ogiya (Japan)

Oman 0–0 Kuwait
Report

Group C[edit]

Following their victory in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, India was given a bye to the final tournament and removed from this group prior to the first match. They were not replaced.[3]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United Arab Emirates 4 3 0 1 7 1 +6 9
 Uzbekistan 4 3 0 1 7 3 +4 9
 Malaysia 4 0 0 4 2 12 −10 0
  Malaysia United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan
Malaysia  0–5 1–3
United Arab Emirates  1–0 0–1
Uzbekistan  3–1 0–1

Malaysia 0–5 United Arab Emirates
Report Omar Goal 29'45+1' (pen.)
Matar Goal 62'76'
A. Khalil Goal 85'
Attendance: 10,000

United Arab Emirates 0–1 Uzbekistan
Report F. Tadjiyev Goal 30'
Attendance: 15,000

Uzbekistan 3–1 Malaysia
Djeparov Goal 46'
Geynrikh Goal 57'65'
Report Zaquan Adha Goal 68'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Malaysia 1–3 Uzbekistan
Baddrol Goal 73' Report Gafurov Goal 33'
Nasimov Goal 59'
Kapadze Goal 74'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

United Arab Emirates 1–0 Malaysia
A. Khalil Goal 90+3' Report
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Mohsen Basma (Syria)

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Syria 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 14
 China PR 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13
 Vietnam 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
 Lebanon 6 0 1 5 2 13 −11 1
  China Lebanon Syria Vietnam
China PR  1–0 0–0 6–1
Lebanon  0–2 0–2 1–1
Syria  3–2 4–0 0–0
Vietnam  1–2 3–1 0–1

Vietnam 3–1 Lebanon
Nguyen Minh Phuong Goal 12'
Le Cong Vinh Goal 30'
Nguyen Vu Phong Goal 70'
Report Moghrabi Goal 75'
Attendance: 13,000

Syria 3–2 China PR
Al Sayed Goal 8' (pen.)24'
Al Khatib Goal 39' (pen.)
Report Qu Bo Goal 51'
Liu Jian Goal 90+4'

China PR 6–1 Vietnam
Gao Lin Goal 2'20'84'
Du Wei Goal 27'
Jiang Ning Goal 37'
Hao Junmin Goal 47'
Report Nguyen Vu Phong Goal 11'

Lebanon 0–2 Syria
Report J. Al Hussain Goal 37'
Al Khatib Goal 78'

Vietnam 0–1 Syria
Report Rafe Goal 90+4'

Lebanon 0–2 China PR
Report Yu Hai Goal 44'
Qu Bo Goal 73'

Syria 0–0 Vietnam
Report

China PR 1–0 Lebanon
Du Wei Goal 21' Report

China PR 0–0 Syria
Report

Lebanon 1–1 Vietnam
El Ali Goal 20' Report Pham Thanh Luong Goal 40'

Vietnam 1–2 China PR
Le Cong Vinh Goal 76' (pen.) Report Yang Xu Goal 35'
Zhang Linpeng Goal 43'

Syria 4–0 Lebanon
Al Zeno Goal 4'
Al Ahga Goal 10'
J. Al Hussain Goal 47'
A. Al Hussain Goal 60'
Report

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 13
 Jordan 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
 Thailand 6 1 3 2 3 3 0 6
 Singapore 6 2 0 4 6 15 −9 6
  Iran Jordan Singapore Thailand
Iran  1–0 6–0 1–0
Jordan  1–0 2–1 0–0
Singapore  1–3 2–1 1–3
Thailand  0–0 0–0 0–1

Iran 6–0 Singapore
Gholamnejad Goal 43'
Bagheri Goal 52'
Rezaei Goal 55'
Zare Goal 80'
Nouri Goal 82'83'
Report
Attendance: 3,000

Jordan 0–0 Thailand
Report

Singapore 2–1 Jordan
Casmir Goal 21'
Alam Shah Goal 63'
Report Aqel Goal 41' (pen.)
Attendance: 6,188

Thailand 0–0 Iran
Report

Singapore 1–3 Thailand
Fahrudin Goal 84' (pen.) Report Suksomkit Goal 12' (pen.)81'
Chaiman Goal 75'
Attendance: 22,183

Iran 1–0 Jordan
Nekounam Goal 72' Report
Attendance: 15,000

Thailand 0–1 Singapore
Report Đurić Goal 38'
Attendance: 30,000

Jordan 1–0 Iran
Amer Deeb Goal 78' Report

Singapore 1–3 Iran
Alam Shah Goal 32' Report Aghili Goal 11' (pen.)
Madanchi Goal 12'
Rezaei Goal 63'
Attendance: 7,356
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)

Thailand 0–0 Jordan
Report
Attendance: 15,000

Iran 1–0 Thailand
Nekounam Goal 90' Report
Attendance: 17,000

Jordan 2–1 Singapore
Al-Saify Goal 9'
Anas Goal 60'
Report Alam Shah Goal 48'

Goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australia, Japan top seeds for 2011 Asian Cup draw
  2. ^ Regulations AFC Asian Cup 2011 – Qualifiers Archived 27 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Asian Cup qualifying Group C recast". AFC. 15 September 2008. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2008.

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