2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round

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The second round of AFC matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification) was played from 24 May 2015 to 29 March 2016.[1]

Format[edit]

A total of 40 teams (teams ranked 1–34 in the AFC entrant list and six first round winners) were divided into eight groups of five teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The eight group winners and the four best group runners-up advanced to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualification as well as qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals.

Seeding[edit]

The draw for the second round was held on 14 April 2015, at 17:00 MST (UTC+8), at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[2][3]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of April 2015 (shown in parentheses below).[4] The 40 teams were seeded into five pots:[5]

  • Pot 1 contained the teams ranked 1–8.
  • Pot 2 contained the teams ranked 9–16.
  • Pot 3 contained the teams ranked 17–24.
  • Pot 4 contained the teams ranked 25–32.
  • Pot 5 contained the teams ranked 33–40.

Each group contained one team from each of the five pots. The fixtures of each group were automatically decided based on the respective pot of each team.

As the seeding order was based on the most recent FIFA Rankings prior to the draw, it differed from the order in the AFC entrant list, which was based on the FIFA World Rankings of January 2015. Among the six first round winners, three were seeded higher than pot 5 (India in pot 3, Timor-Leste and Bhutan in pot 4), on the basis of ranking points gained from the first round matches, while the other three (Yemen, Cambodia and Chinese Taipei) were seeded in pot 5.

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the third round.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
  1.  Iran (40)
  2.  Japan (50)
  3.  South Korea (57)
  4.  Australia (63)
  5.  United Arab Emirates (68)
  6.  Uzbekistan (73)
  7.  China PR (82)
  8.  Iraq (86)
  1.  Saudi Arabia (95)
  2.  Oman (97)
  3.  Qatar (99)
  4.  Jordan (103)
  5.  Bahrain (108)
  6.  Vietnam (125)
  7.  Syria (126)
  8.  Kuwait (127)
  1.  Afghanistan (135)
  2.  Philippines (139)
  3.  Palestine (140)
  4.  Maldives (141)
  5.  Thailand (142)
  6.  Tajikistan (143)
  7.  Lebanon (144)
  8.  India (147)
Pot 4 Pot 5
  1.  Timor-Leste (152)
  2.  Kyrgyzstan (153)
  3.  North Korea (157)
  4.  Myanmar (158)
  5.  Turkmenistan (159)
  6.  Indonesia (159)
  7.  Singapore (162)
  8.  Bhutan (163)
  1.  Malaysia (164)
  2.  Hong Kong (167)
  3.  Bangladesh (167)
  4.  Yemen (170)
  5.  Guam (175)
  6.  Laos (178)
  7.  Cambodia (179)
  8.  Chinese Taipei (179)

Groups[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Saudi Arabia 8 6 2 0 28 4 +24 20 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 3–2 2–0 7–0[a]
2  United Arab Emirates 8 5 2 1 27 4 +23 17 1–1 2–0 10–0 8–0
3  Palestine 8 4 2 2 24 5 +19 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–0 0–0 6–0 7–0
4  Malaysia 8 2 0 6 7 29 −22 6 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3[b] 1–2 0–6 3–0[a]
5  Timor-Leste[a] 8 0 0 8 0 44 −44 0 0–10 0–3[a] 0–3[a] 0–3[a]
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d e f Timor-Leste forfeited five group matches due to fielding numerous ineligible players.[7]
  2. ^ The Malaysia v Saudi Arabia match, on 8 September 2015, was abandoned during the 87th minute after a group of supporters threw objects onto the pitch. At the time of the abandonment the score was 2–1 to Saudi Arabia. On 5 October 2015, FIFA decided that this match was forfeited by Malaysia and the result to be declared as a 3–0 win awarded for Saudi Arabia.[8][9]
Malaysia 3–0
Forfeited[10]
 Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Saudi Arabia 3–2 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Timor-Leste 0–3
Forfeited[10]
 United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Malaysia 0–6 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

United Arab Emirates 10–0 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Saudi Arabia 7–0
Forfeited[10]
 Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Malaysia 0–3
Awarded[note 3]
 Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Timor-Leste 0–3
Forfeited[10]
 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Saudi Arabia 2–1 United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Timor-Leste 0–3
Forfeited[10]
 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Palestine 0–0 Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Palestine 6–0 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
United Arab Emirates 8–0 Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Alan Milliner (Australia)
Malaysia 1–2 United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

United Arab Emirates 2–0 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Saudi Arabia 2–0 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Palestine 7–0 Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 8 7 0 1 29 4 +25 21 Third round and Asian Cup 5–1 3–0 7–0 5–0
2  Jordan 8 5 1 2 21 7 +14 16 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–0 0–0 3–0 8–0
3  Kyrgyzstan 8 4 2 2 10 8 +2 14 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–0
4  Tajikistan 8 1 2 5 9 20 −11 5 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3 1–3 0–1 5–0
5  Bangladesh 8 0 1 7 2 32 −30 1 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Bangladesh 1–3 Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Tajikistan 1–3 Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Bangladesh 1–1 Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Kyrgyzstan 1–2 Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 18,000

Australia 5–0 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 19,495
Jordan 0–0 Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Bangladesh 0–4 Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Tajikistan 0–3 Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 19,000

Jordan 2–0 Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Kyrgyzstan 2–2 Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 17,600

Kyrgyzstan 2–0 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 12,001
Jordan 3–0 Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Australia 3–0 Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 19,412
Tajikistan 5–0 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Bangladesh 0–4 Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 19,730
Referee: Wang Di (China)
Kyrgyzstan 1–0 Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Australia 7–0 Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 35,439
Jordan 8–0 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Australia 5–1 Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Tajikistan 0–1 Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 7,500

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Qatar 8 7 0 1 29 4 +25 21 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 2–0 4–0 15–0
2  China PR 8 5 2 1 27 1 +26 17 2–0 0–0 4–0 12–0
3  Hong Kong 8 4 2 2 13 5 +8 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–3 0–0 2–0 7–0
4  Maldives 8 2 0 6 8 20 −12 6 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–1 0–3 0–1 4–2
5  Bhutan 8 0 0 8 5 52 −47 0 0–3 0–6 0–1 3–4
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Hong Kong 7–0 Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Maldives 0–1 Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Bhutan 0–6 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Hong Kong 2–0 Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 6,370

China PR 0–0 Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 26,173
Qatar 15–0 Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Maldives 0–3 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Hong Kong 2–3 Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Bhutan 3–4 Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Qatar 1–0 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Bhutan 0–1 Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Qatar 4–0 Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 4,006
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Maldives 0–1 Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
China PR 12–0 Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Bhutan 0–3 Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Hong Kong 0–0 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

China PR 4–0 Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Qatar 2–0 Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

China PR 2–0 Qatar
Report (FIFA)
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Maldives 4–2 Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 8 6 2 0 26 3 +23 20 Third round and Asian Cup 2–0 3–1 6–0 4–0
2  Oman 8 4 2 2 11 7 +4 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–0
3  Turkmenistan 8 4 1 3 10 11 −1 13 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1
4  Guam 8 2 1 5 3 16 −13 7 0–6 0–0 1–0 2–1
5  India 8 1 0 7 5 18 −13 3 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3[a] 1–2 1–2 1–0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ FIFA awarded Iran a 3–0 win as a result of India fielding the ineligible player Eugeneson Lyngdoh.[21] The match initially ended 3–0 to Iran.
Guam 1–0 Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
India 1–2 Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Guam 2–1 India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Turkmenistan 1–1 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Iran 6–0 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 11,232
Oman 3–1 Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Guam 0–0 Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
India 0–3
Awarded[note 6]
 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Turkmenistan 2–1 India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 20,100
Oman 1–1 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Turkmenistan 1–0 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Oman 3–0 India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Iran 3–1 Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 35,800
India 1–0 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Guam 0–6 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Turkmenistan 2–1 Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 23,100
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Iran 4–0 India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 29,160
Oman 1–0 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

India 1–2 Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Iran 2–0 Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 33,850
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 8 7 1 0 27 0 +27 22 Third round and Asian Cup 5–0 0–0 5–0 3–0
2  Syria 8 6 0 2 26 11 +15 18 0–3 1–0 5–2 6–0
3  Singapore 8 3 1 4 9 9 0 10 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–1
4  Afghanistan 8 3 0 5 8 24 −16 9 0–6 0–6 2–1 3–0
5  Cambodia 8 0 0 8 1 27 −26 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–2 0–6 0–4 0–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Cambodia 0–4 Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 63,000
Afghanistan 0–6 Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Japan 0–0 Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Cambodia 0–1 Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Japan 3–0 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Syria 1–0 Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Cambodia 0–6 Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Wang Di (China)
Afghanistan 0–6 Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Singapore 1–0 Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 5,400
Syria 0–3 Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Singapore 2–1 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Syria 5–2 Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Singapore 0–3 Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Afghanistan 3–0 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Singapore 1–2 Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Cambodia 0–2 Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 29,871
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Japan 5–0 Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Syria 6–0 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Afghanistan 2–1 Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 24,500
Referee: Fu Ming (China)
Japan 5–0 Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 57,475

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Thailand 6 4 2 0 14 6 +8 14 Third round and Asian Cup 2–2 1–0 4–2
2  Iraq 6 3 3 0 13 6 +7 12 2–2 1–0 5–1
3  Vietnam 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–1 4–1
4  Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 5 19 −14 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–2 0–2 1–2
5  Indonesia (D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension[a]
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(D) Disqualified.
Notes:
  1. ^ On 30 May 2015, FIFA announced that the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) was suspended with immediate effect for governmental interference.[25] On 3 June 2015, the AFC confirmed that Indonesia have been excluded from the qualifying competition, and all matches involving them have been cancelled.[26]
Thailand 1–0 Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 40,500

Chinese Taipei 0–2 Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 18,168
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)

Iraq 5–1 Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 4,200

Chinese Taipei 1–2 Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Thailand 2–2 Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 43,572
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)

Vietnam 1–1 Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Vietnam 0–3 Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Thailand 4–2 Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Chinese Taipei 0–2 Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 11,960
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

Vietnam 4–1 Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Iraq 2–2 Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Iraq 1–0 Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,160

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 8 8 0 0 27 0 +27 24 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 3–0[a] 4–0 8–0
2  Lebanon 8 3 2 3 12 6 +6 11 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 0–1 1–1 7–0
3  Kuwait[a] 8 3 1 4 12 10 +2 10 0–1 0–0 9–0 0–3[a]
4  Myanmar 8 2 2 4 9 21 −12 8 0–2 0–2 3–0[a] 3–1
5  Laos 8 1 1 6 6 29 −23 4 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d On 16 October 2015, the Kuwait FA was suspended by FIFA with immediate effect, after Kuwait had failed to comply with a decision from the FIFA Executive Committee that sports law of the country had to be changed before 15 October. The three remaining matches involving Kuwait (away v Myanmar, home v Laos, away v South Korea) were not played as originally scheduled, and were later awarded as 3–0 wins for Kuwait's opponents.
Laos 2–2 Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Tan Hai (China)
Lebanon 0–1 Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Myanmar 0–2 South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Laos 0–2 Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

South Korea 8–0 Laos
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 30,205
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)
Kuwait 9–0 Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Laos 0–2 Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Lebanon 0–3 South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Myanmar 0–2 Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Kuwait 0–1 South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Myanmar 3–1 Laos
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Kuwait 0–0 Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

South Korea 4–0 Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 24,270
Lebanon 7–0 Laos
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Laos 0–5 South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

South Korea 1–0 Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 30,532
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Lebanon 1–1 Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uzbekistan 8 7 0 1 20 7 +13 21 Third round and Asian Cup 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
2  North Korea 8 5 1 2 14 8 +6 16 Asian Cup qualifying third round 4–2 0–0 2–0 1–0
3  Philippines 8 3 1 4 8 12 −4 10 1–5 3–2 2–1 0–1
4  Bahrain 8 3 0 5 10 10 0 9 0–4 0–1 2–0 3–0
5  Yemen 8 1 0 7 2 17 −15 3 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 1–3 0–3[a] 0–2 0–4
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ FIFA awarded North Korea a 3–0 win as a result of Yemen fielding the ineligible player Mudir Al-Radaei, after North Korea had defeated Yemen 1–0. Al-Radaei failed to serve an automatic one match suspension for receiving two yellow cards earlier in the First Round of the competition.[34]
Philippines 2–1 Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Yemen 0–3
Awarded[note 20]
 North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

North Korea 4–2 Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Yemen 0–2 Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Uzbekistan 1–0 Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bahrain 0–1 North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Philippines 1–5 Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Yemen 0–4 Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

North Korea 0–0 Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
Bahrain 0–4 Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

North Korea 1–0 Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bahrain 2–0 Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Philippines 0–1 Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Uzbekistan 3–1 North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

North Korea 2–0 Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Yemen 1–3 Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Uzbekistan 1–0 Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Bahrain 3–0 Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Philippines 3–2 North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Ranking of runner-up teams[edit]

To determine the four best runner-up teams, the following criteria were used:

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Fair play points
  5. Drawing of lots

As a result of Indonesia being disqualified by FIFA suspension, Group F contained only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team were not counted when determining the ranking of the runner-up teams.[36]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F  Iraq 6 3 3 0 13 6 +7 12 Third round and Asian Cup
2 E  Syria 6 4 0 2 14 11 +3 12
3 A  United Arab Emirates 6 3 2 1 16 4 +12 11
4 C  China PR 6 3 2 1 9 1 +8 11
5 H  North Korea 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10 Asian Cup qualifying third round
6 B  Jordan 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10
7 D  Oman 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8
8 G  Lebanon 6 1 2 3 3 6 −3 5
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Counting only matches against teams ranked first to fourth in the group, 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.

Ranking of fourth-placed teams[edit]

To determine the four best fourth-placed teams, the following criteria were used:

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Fair play points
  5. Drawing of lots

As a result of Indonesia being disqualified by FIFA suspension, Group F contains only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team are not counted when determining the ranking of the fourth-placed teams.[36]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D  Guam 6 1 1 4 1 14 −13 4 Asian Cup qualifying third round
2 G  Myanmar 6 1 1 4 4 18 −14 4
3 H  Bahrain 6 1 0 5 3 10 −7 3
4 E  Afghanistan 6 1 0 5 4 24 −20 3
5 B  Tajikistan 6 0 1 5 3 19 −16 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round
6 F  Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 5 19 −14 0
7 C  Maldives 6 0 0 6 0 15 −15 0
8 A  Malaysia 6 0 0 6 1 29 −28 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Counting only matches against teams ranked first to fourth in the group, 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 507 goals scored in 152 matches, for an average of 3.34 goals per match.

14 goals
11 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals