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2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round

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2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round
Tournament details
Dates5 September 2019 – 15 June 2021
Teams40 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played157
Goals scored519 (3.31 per match)
Attendance1,598,753 (10,183 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout
(11 goals)
2018
2026

The AFC second round of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, which also served as the second round of 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification, was played from 5 September 2019 to 15 June 2021.[1][2][3]

Format

A total of forty teams were drawn into eight groups of five to play home-and-away round-robin matches. They included the 34 teams (teams ranked 1–34 in the AFC entrant list) which received byes to this round, and the six winners from the first round.

Seven group winners (excluded Qatar, who had already qualified to the World Cup as tournament host) and the five best runners-up advanced to the third round.

Matches in this round were also part of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign.[4] The twelve teams which advanced to the third round of the FIFA World Cup qualification and Qatar, as group winner, automatically qualified for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.[5] Twenty four teams (twenty-two which advanced directly and two which will advance from an additional play-off round)[6] will play in the third round of the AFC Asian Cup qualification to decide the remaining eleven teams. In total, the 2023 AFC Asian Cup will feature 24 teams.

Seeding

The draw for the second round was held on 17 July 2019 at 17:00 MST (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[7]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of June 2019 (shown in parentheses below).[8]

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the third round.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5
  1.  Iraq (77)
  2.  Uzbekistan (82)
  3.  Syria (85)
  4.  Oman (86)
  5.  Lebanon (86)
  6.  Kyrgyzstan (95)
  7.  Vietnam (96)
  8.  Jordan (98)
  1.  Palestine (100)
  2.  India (101)
  3.  Bahrain (110)
  4.  Thailand (116)
  5.  Tajikistan (120)
  6.  North Korea (122)W
  7.  Chinese Taipei (125)
  8.  Philippines (126)
  1.  Turkmenistan (135)
  2.  Myanmar (138)
  3.  Hong Kong (141)
  4.  Yemen (144)
  5.  Afghanistan (149)
  6.  Maldives (151)
  7.  Kuwait (156)
  8.  Malaysia (159)
  1.  Indonesia (160)
  2.  Singapore (162)
  3.    Nepal (165)
  4.  Cambodia (169)
  5.  Bangladesh (183)
  6.  Mongolia (187)
  7.  Guam (190)
  8.  Sri Lanka (201)

First round winners
W Later withdrew

Schedule

The schedule of each matchday was as follows.

On 5 March 2020, FIFA announced that it would be monitoring the health situation in the region for possible rescheduling of matchdays 7 through 10 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] Later on 9 March, FIFA and AFC jointly announced that the matches on matchdays 7–10 due to take place in March and June 2020 were postponed, with the new dates to be confirmed. However, subject to approval by FIFA and AFC, and agreement of both member associations, the matches may be played as scheduled provided that the safety of all individuals involved meets the required standards.[10][11] On 5 June, AFC confirmed that matchdays 7 and 8 were scheduled to take place on 8 and 13 October respectively while matchdays 9 and 10 were scheduled to kick off on 12 and 17 November.[12] On 12 August, FIFA announced that the matches scheduled for October and November 2020 would be rescheduled to 2021.[13][14]

On 11 November 2020, the AFC Competitions Committee agreed at its third meeting that all remaining second round matches should be completed by 15 June 2021 with matchdays 7 and 8 in March 2021 and matchdays 9 and 10 in June 2021.[3] On the same day, however, FIFA, along with the Bangladeshi and Qatari associations, gave approval to the only second round match originally scheduled for 2020, Qatar versus Bangladesh, which was played on 4 December.[15]

On 19 February 2021, FIFA and AFC postponed the majority of the upcoming matches to June.[16]

Note: The group spots of Qatar and Bangladesh were swapped due to Qatar's planned participation in the 2020 Copa América, which was later deferred (becoming the 2021 Copa América).

Matchday Date(s) Matches
Matchday 1 5 September 2019 3 v 2, 5 v 4
Matchday 2 10 September 2019 4 v 1, 5 v 3
Matchday 3 10 October 2019 1 v 5, 2 v 4
Matchday 4 15 October 2019 5 v 2, 3 v 1
Matchday 5 14 November 2019 4 v 3, 2 v 1
Matchday 6 19 November 2019 2 v 3, 4 v 5
Matchday 7 25 March, 28 May and 3 June 2021 1 v 4, 3 v 5
Matchday 8 4 December 2020, 30 March and 7 & 9 June 2021 5 v 1, 4 v 2
Matchday 9 30 March, 30 May and 11 June 2021 2 v 5, 1 v 3
Matchday 10 13 and 15 June 2021 3 v 4, 1 v 2
Original group stage schedule
Matchday Date
Matchday 7 26 March 2020, later 8 October
Matchday 8 31 March 2020, later 13 October
Matchday 9 4 June 2020, later 12 November, then 7 June 2021
Matchday 10 9 June 2020, later 17 November

Centralised venues

On 12 March 2021, AFC confirmed the hosts for the group stage scheduled to take place from 31 May to 15 June 2021.[17]

  • Group A: United Arab Emirates (China hosted Guam on 28 May.)
  • Group B: Kuwait
  • Group C: Bahrain
  • Group D: Saudi Arabia
  • Group E: Qatar
  • Group F: Japan
  • Group G: United Arab Emirates
  • Group H: South Korea

In general these hosts were the seeded (Pot 1) teams from each group. The exceptions were Group A (where United Arab Emirates took over hosting duties after China could not host due to COVID-19 restrictions), Group B (where Pot 4 team Kuwait hosted rather than Australia) and Group C (where Pot 3 team Bahrain were chosen rather than Iran).

Groups

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Syria China Philippines Maldives Guam
1  Syria 8 7 0 1 22 7 +15 21 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–0
2  China PR 8 6 1 1 30 3 +27 19 Third round[a] 3–1 2–0 5–0 7–0
3  Philippines 8 3 2 3 12 11 +1 11 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–5 0–0 1–1 3–0
4  Maldives 8 2 1 5 7 20 −13 7 0–4 0–5 1–2 3–1
5  Guam 8 0 0 8 2 32 −30 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3 0–7 1–4 0–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ China PR qualified for the Asian Cup as host nation.


Guam 0–1 Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 714
Referee: Yaqoub Al-Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Philippines 2–5 Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,645
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

Guam 1–4 Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 1,096
Referee: Kim Woo-sung (South Korea)
Maldives 0–5 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

China PR 7–0 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 39,987
Referee: Ali Reda (Lebanon)
Syria 2–1 Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Rashid Stadium, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)[note 3]
Attendance: 5,500

Philippines 0–0 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,982
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)
Syria 4–0 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,050
Referee: Dmitriy Mashentsev (Kyrgyzstan)

Maldives 1–2 Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,700
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)
Syria 2–1 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 6,950
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)

Maldives 3–1 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,612
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)
Syria 1–0 Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,445

Guam 0–7 China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Maldives 0–4 Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 0

Guam 0–3 Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 0
Referee: Khalid Al-Turais (Saudi Arabia)
China PR 2–0 Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 0

Philippines 3–0 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 0
China PR 5–0 Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)

Philippines 1–1 Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 0
China PR 3–1 Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 0

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Australia Kuwait Jordan Nepal Chinese Taipei
1  Australia 8 8 0 0 28 2 +26 24 Third round and Asian Cup 3–0 1–0 5–0 5–1
2  Kuwait 8 4 2 2 19 7 +12 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 0–0 7–0 9–0
3  Jordan 8 4 2 2 13 3 +10 14 0–1 0–0 3–0 5–0
4    Nepal 8 2 0 6 4 22 −18 6 0–3 0–1 0–3 2–0
5  Chinese Taipei 8 0 0 8 4 34 −30 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 1–7 1–2 1–2 0–2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers


Chinese Taipei 1–2 Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 5,520
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)
Kuwait 7–0   Nepal
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)

Chinese Taipei 0–2   Nepal
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Kuwait 0–3 Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Australia 5–0   Nepal
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 18,563
Jordan 0–0 Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 10,720
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Chinese Taipei 1–7 Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 3,251
Referee: Mongkolchai Pechsri (Thailand)
Jordan 3–0   Nepal
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 4,863
Referee: Sadullo Gulmurodi (Tajikistan)

Kuwait 9–0 Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Jordan 0–1 Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 9,712
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Nepal   0–1 Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Omar Al-Yaqoubi (Oman)
Jordan 5–0 Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Nepal   2–0 Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kim Woo-sung (South Korea)
Australia 3–0 Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Nepal   0–3 Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Australia 5–1 Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Saoud Al-Adba (Qatar)

Nepal   0–3 Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Australia 1–0 Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kim Woo-Sung (South Korea)
Chinese Taipei 1–2 Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Iran Iraq Bahrain Hong Kong Cambodia
1  Iran 8 6 0 2 34 4 +30 18 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 3–0 3–1 14–0
2  Iraq 8 5 2 1 14 4 +10 17 2–1 0–0 2–0 4–1
3  Bahrain 8 4 3 1 15 4 +11 15 Asian Cup qualifying third round 1–0 1–1 4–0 8–0
4  Hong Kong 8 1 2 5 4 13 −9 5 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–0
5  Cambodia 8 0 1 7 2 44 −42 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–10 0–4 0–1 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Cambodia 1–1 Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 45,500
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
Bahrain 1–1 Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 6,049
Referee: Omar Al-Yaqoubi (Oman)

Cambodia 0–1 Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)
Hong Kong 0–2 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 13,942

Iran 14–0 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 15,823
Iraq 2–0 Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Cambodia 0–4 Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 48,258
Referee: Clifford Daypuyat (Philippines)
Bahrain 1–0 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Hong Kong 0–0 Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Iraq 2–1 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Hong Kong 2–0 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 6,497
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)
Iraq 0–0 Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Iran 3–1 Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Bahrain 8–0 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)

Iraq 4–1 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Iran 3–0 Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Cambodia 0–10 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Hong Kong 0–1 Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)

Iran 1–0 Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
Bahrain 4–0 Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Saudi Arabia Uzbekistan State of Palestine Singapore Yemen
1  Saudi Arabia 8 6 2 0 22 4 +18 20 Third round and Asian Cup 3–0 5–0 3–0 3–0
2  Uzbekistan 8 5 0 3 18 9 +9 15 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–3 2–0 5–0 5–0
3  Palestine 8 3 1 4 10 10 0 10 0–0 2–0 4–0 3–0
4  Singapore 8 2 1 5 7 22 −15 7 0–3 1–3 2–1 2–2
5  Yemen 8 1 2 5 6 18 −12 5 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers


Singapore 2–2 Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 7,018
Referee: Shaun Evans (Australia)
Palestine 2–0 Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Singapore 2–1 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 6,011
Referee: Yu Ming-hsun (Chinese Taipei)
Yemen 2–2 Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Uzbekistan 5–0 Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 28,571
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
Saudi Arabia 3–0 Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Singapore 1–3 Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 12,547
Referee: Shen Yinhao (China)
Palestine 0–0 Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Uzbekistan 2–3 Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 31,524
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Yemen 1–0 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Uzbekistan 2–0 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Yemen 1–2 Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Saudi Arabia 5–0 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Palestine 4–0 Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Saudi Arabia 3–0 Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 4,382
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)

Uzbekistan 5–0 Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Singapore 0–3 Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 4,879
Referee: Mohanad Qasim (Iraq)

Saudi Arabia 3–0 Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Palestine 3–0 Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 430
Referee: Masoud Tufayelieh (Syria)

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Qatar Oman India Afghanistan Bangladesh
1  Qatar 8 7 1 0 18 1 +17 22 Asian Cup[a] 2–1 0–0 6–0 5–0
2  Oman 8 6 0 2 16 6 +10 18 Third round and Asian Cup 0–1 1–0 3–0 4–1
3  India 8 1 4 3 6 7 −1 7 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
4  Afghanistan 8 1 3 4 5 15 −10 6 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–0
5  Bangladesh 8 0 2 6 3 19 −16 2 0–2 0–3 0–2 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Qatar already qualified for the World Cup as host nation.

The group spots of Qatar and Bangladesh were swapped due to Qatar's planned participation in the 2020 Copa América. The tournament was later deferred (becoming the 2021 Copa América), and eventually Qatar withdrew from it.

India 1–2 Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 22,798
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
Qatar 6–0 Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 10,950
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)

Afghanistan 1–0 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Zhang Lei (China)
Qatar 0–0 India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Bangladesh 0–2 Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 24,570
Referee: Bijan Heidari (Iran)
Oman 3–0 Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)

India 1–1 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 53,286
Referee: Masoud Tufayelieh (Syria)
Qatar 2–1 Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 26,731
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Afghanistan 1–1 India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 8,100
Referee: Yu Ming-hsun (Chinese Taipei)
Oman 4–1 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)

Afghanistan 0–1 Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Timur Faizullin (Kyrgyzstan)
Oman 1–0 India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 24,250
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)

Qatar 5–0 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Bangladesh 1–1 Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 300
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
India 0–1 Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,022
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Bangladesh 0–2 India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 495
Referee: Zaid Thamer (Iraq)
Oman 0–1 Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Afghanistan 1–2 Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 183
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

India 1–1 Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 603
Referee: Ali Reda (Lebanon)
Bangladesh 0–3 Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 885
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Japan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Mongolia Myanmar
1  Japan 8 8 0 0 46 2 +44 24 Third round and Asian Cup 4–1 5–1 6–0 10–0
2  Tajikistan 8 4 1 3 14 12 +2 13 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–0 3–0 4–0
3  Kyrgyzstan 8 3 1 4 19 12 +7 10 0–2 1–1 0–1 7–0
4  Mongolia 8 2 0 6 3 27 −24 6 0–14 0–1 1–2 1–0
5  Myanmar 8 2 0 6 6 35 −29 6 0–2 4–3 1–8 1–0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Mongolia 1–0 Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Tajikistan 1–0 Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Mongolia 0–1 Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 3,455
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
Myanmar 0–2 Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 25,500
Referee: Ahmad Yacoub Ibrahim (Jordan)

Japan 6–0 Mongolia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 43,122
Referee: Chae Sang-hyeop (South Korea)
Kyrgyzstan 7–0 Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Omar Mohamed Al-Ali (United Arab Emirates)

Mongolia 1–2 Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 2,182
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)
Tajikistan 0–3 Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 19,100
Referee: Zaid Thamer (Iraq)

Myanmar 4–3 Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 7,365
Referee: Masoud Tufayelieh (Syria)
Kyrgyzstan 0–2 Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 17,543
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)

Myanmar 1–0 Mongolia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Kyrgyzstan 1–1 Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Tajikistan 3–0 Mongolia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Mongolia 0–14 Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Omar Mohamed Al-Ali (United Arab Emirates)

Japan 10–0 Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hasan Akrami (Iran)

Kyrgyzstan 0–1 Mongolia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Yu Ming-hsun (Chinese Taipei)
Japan 4–1 Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Myanmar 1–8 Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)

Japan 5–1 Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Tajikistan 4–0 Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Omar Mohamed Al-Ali (United Arab Emirates)

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification United Arab Emirates Vietnam Malaysia Thailand Indonesia
1  United Arab Emirates 8 6 0 2 23 7 +16 18 Third round and Asian Cup 3–2 4–0 3–1 5–0
2  Vietnam 8 5 2 1 13 5 +8 17 1–0 1–0 0–0 4–0
3  Malaysia 8 4 0 4 10 12 −2 12 Asian Cup qualifying third round 1–2 1–2 2–1 2–0
4  Thailand 8 2 3 3 9 9 0 9 2–1 0–0 0–1 2–2
5  Indonesia 8 0 1 7 5 27 −22 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–5 1–3 2–3 0–3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers


Thailand 0–0 Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 19,011
Referee: Saoud Al-Adba (Qatar)
Indonesia 2–3 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Indonesia 0–3 Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 11,619
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
Malaysia 1–2 United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 43,200
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)

Vietnam 1–0 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 38,256
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
United Arab Emirates 5–0 Indonesia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Thailand 2–1 United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Malaysia 2–1 Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Vietnam 1–0 United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Malaysia 2–0 Indonesia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Vietnam 0–0 Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Thailand 2–2 Indonesia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ammar Mahfoodh (Bahrain)
United Arab Emirates 4–0 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 1,127
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)

United Arab Emirates 3–1 Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 980
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Vietnam 4–0 Indonesia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 225
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)

Indonesia 0–5 United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Zabeel Stadium, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 963
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
Malaysia 1–2 Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 335
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

United Arab Emirates 3–2 Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 1,355
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Thailand 0–1 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)[note 6]
Attendance: 142
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)

Group H

North Korea withdrew from the qualifying round due to fears related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[31][32]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification South Korea Lebanon Turkmenistan Sri Lanka North Korea
1  South Korea 6 5 1 0 22 1 +21 16 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 5–0 8–0 7 Jun
2  Lebanon 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 0–0 2–1 3–2 0–0
3  Turkmenistan 6 3 0 3 8 11 −3 9 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–2 3–2 2–0 3–1
4  Sri Lanka 6 0 0 6 2 23 −21 0 0–5 0–3 0–2 0–1
5  North Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew 0–0 2–0 15 Jun 3 Jun
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers


North Korea Voided
(2–0)
 Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Sherzod Kasimov (Uzbekistan)
Sri Lanka 0–2 Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 1,120
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)

Turkmenistan 0–2 South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sri Lanka Voided
(0–1)
 North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 1,258
Referee: Timur Faizullin (Kyrgyzstan)

South Korea 8–0 Sri Lanka
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 23,522
Referee: Hasan Akrami (Iran)
Lebanon 2–1 Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 7,820
Referee: Takuto Okabe (Japan)

North Korea Voided
(0–0)
 South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sri Lanka 0–3 Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 1,052
Referee: Ammar Mahfoodh (Bahrain)

Turkmenistan Voided
(3–1)
 North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Lebanon 0–0 South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Turkmenistan 2–0 Sri Lanka
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 26,304
Referee: Saoud Al-Adba (Qatar)
Lebanon Voided
(0–0)
 North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

North Korea Cancelled Sri Lanka
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Lebanon 3–2 Sri Lanka
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 73
Referee: Ahmad Yacoub Ibrahim (Jordan)
South Korea 5–0 Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)


Turkmenistan 3–2 Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 52
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
Sri Lanka 0–5 South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 4,008
Referee: Shen Yinhao (China)

South Korea 2–1 Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

North Korea Cancelled Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Ranking of runner-up teams

Group H contained only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups after North Korea withdrew from the competition. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team were not counted when determining the ranking of the runner-up teams.[32]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A  China PR 6 4 1 1 16 3 +13 13 World Cup qualifying third round[a]
2 E  Oman 6 4 0 2 9 5 +4 12 World Cup qualifying third round and Asian Cup
3 C  Iraq 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11
4 G  Vietnam 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11
5 H  Lebanon 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10
6 F  Tajikistan 6 3 1 2 7 8 −1 10 Asian Cup qualifying third round
7 D  Uzbekistan 6 3 0 3 12 9 +3 9
8 B  Kuwait 6 2 2 2 8 6 +2 8
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ China PR already qualified for the Asian Cup as host nation.

Ranking of fifth-placed teams

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F  Myanmar 8 2 0 6 6 35 −29 6 Asian Cup qualifying third round
2 D  Yemen 8 1 2 5 6 18 −12 5
3 E  Bangladesh 8 0 2 6 3 19 −16 2
4 G  Indonesia 8 0 1 7 5 27 −22 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round
5 C  Cambodia 8 0 1 7 2 44 −42 1
6 B  Chinese Taipei 8 0 0 8 4 34 −30 0
7 A  Guam 8 0 0 8 2 32 −30 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Goalscorers

There were 519 goals scored in 157 matches, for an average of 3.31 goals per match.

11 goals

9 goals

8 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal