1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC and OFC)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Asian and Oceanian zone (AFC and OFC). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification.

1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC and OFC)
Tournament details
Teams21 (from 2 confederations)
1974
1982

A total of 21 AFC and OFC teams and Israel[1] entered the competition. However, South Vietnam could not compete after being annexed by Vietnam. The Asian zone was allocated 1 place (out of 16) in the final tournament.

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 21 teams would be divided into 5 groups. The groups had different rules, as follows:
    • Group 1 had 6 teams. The teams played against each other once in Singapore. The top 2 teams after the group matches played against each other in a single match. The winner would advance to the Final Round.
    • Groups 2 and 3 had 4 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.
    • Group 4 had 4 teams. The teams played against each other twice in Qatar. The group winner would qualify.
    • Group 5 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Final Round: The 5 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.

First roundEdit

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Hong Kong 6 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4
2   Singapore 5 4 2 1 1 5 6 −1
3   Malaysia 4 4 1 2 1 7 6 +1
4   Indonesia 3 4 1 1 2 7 7 0
5   Thailand 2 4 1 0 3 8 12 −4
  Sri Lanka withdrew
27 February 1977 Singapore  2 – 0  ThailandNational Stadium, Singapore
Quah Kim Song   48'
Rajagopal   70'
Attendance: 55.000
Referee: Boskovic (Australia)

28 February 1977 Hong Kong  4 – 1  IndonesiaSingapore
Chung Chor Wai   61' (pen)
Wun Chee Keung   67'
Kwok Ka Ming   71'
Lau Wing Yip   83'
Waskito Kaihun   12' Referee: Namdar (Iran)

1 March 1977 Malaysia  6 – 4  ThailandSingapore
James   15'38'51'60'
Isa Bakar   17'19'
Na phatalung  24'67'
Laohakul   86'
Srisawat   88'
Referee: Vaz (India)

2 March 1977 Singapore  2 – 2  Hong KongSingapore
Quah Kim Song   37'
Dollah Kassim   70'
Wun Chee Keung   19'51' Referee: Harries (New Zealand)

3 March 1977 Indonesia  0 – 0  MalaysiaSingapore
Referee: Asami (Japan)

5 March 1977 Hong Kong  2 – 1  ThailandSingapore
Kwok Ka Ming   49'
Chung Chor Wai   81'
Laohakul   55' Referee: Kim Joo-Won (Korea Republic)

6 March 1977 Singapore  1 – 0  MalaysiaSingapore
Mohammad Noh Hussein   31' (pen) Referee: Asami (Japan)

7 March 1977 Thailand  3 – 2  IndonesiaSingapore
Chaiyabutr   27'
Na Phatalung   30' (pen)
Srisawat   36'
Risdianto   44'
Junaedi Abdillah   70'
Referee: Alex Vaz (India)

8 March 1977 Malaysia  1 – 1  Hong KongSingapore
Bakri Ibni   78' Fung Chi Ming   15' Referee: Harries (New Zealand)

9 March 1977 Singapore  0 – 4  IndonesiaSingapore
Ronny Pattinasarany   4'
Anjas Asmara   13'
Andi Lala   26'
Iswadi Idris   48'
Referee: Kim Joo-Won (Korea Republic)

Hong Kong and Singapore finished in the top two places, and a play-off was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.

12 March 1977 Singapore  0 – 1  Hong KongSingapore
Lau Wing Yip   33' Referee: Boskovic (Australia)

Hong Kong advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   South Korea 6 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3
2   Israel 5 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
3   Japan 1 4 0 1 3 0 5 −5
  North Korea withdrew
27 February 1977 Israel  0 – 0  South KoreaTel Aviv, Israel
Referee: McGinlay (Scotland)

6 March 1977 Israel  2 – 0  JapanTel Aviv, Israel
Machnes   43'
Bar   57'
Referee: Kitabdjian (France)

10 March 1977 Japan  0 – 2  IsraelTel Aviv, Israel[2]
Machnes   41'
Peretz   54'
Referee: Verbeke (France)

20 March 1977 South Korea  3 – 1  IsraelSeoul, Korea Republic
Cha Bum-Kun   23'
Park Sang-In   86'
Choi Jong-Duk   88'
Malmilian   76'

26 March 1977 Japan  0 – 0  South KoreaTokyo, Japan
Referee: Kathiravalc (Malaysia)

3 April 1977 South Korea  1 – 0  JapanSeoul, Korea Republic
Cha Bum-Kun   84' (pen) Referee: Zainal Abidin (Malaysia)

Korea Republic advanced to the Final Round.

Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Iran 8 4 4 0 0 8 0 +8
2   Saudi Arabia 2 4 1 0 3 3 7 −4
3   Syria 2 4 1 0 3 2 6 −4
  Iraq withdrew
12 November 1976 Saudi Arabia  2 – 0  SyriaJeddah, Saudi Arabia
Al Fahad   22'
Bo Saeed   54'
Referee: Dörflinger (Switzerland)

26 November 1976 Syria  2 – 1  Saudi ArabiaDamascus, Syria
Al Katbi   36'
Khouri   82'
Ghani   44' Referee: Babacan (Turkey)

7 January 1977 Saudi Arabia  0 – 3  IranRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Mazloumi   16'78'
Roshan   62'
Referee: Linemayr (Austria)

28 January 1977 Syria  0 – 1  IranDamascus, Syria
(Report) Parvin   36' Stadium: Abbasiyyin Stadium
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Robert Fratz (France)

6 April 1977 Iran  2 – 0
(w/o)
  SyriaShiraz, Iran
Forfeited

22 April 1977 Iran  2 – 0  Saudi ArabiaShiraz, Iran
Yousifi   10'
Shareefi   84'
Referee: Dörflinger (Switzerland)

Iran advanced to the Final Round.

Group 4Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Kuwait 8 4 4 0 0 10 2 +8
2   Bahrain 2 4 1 0 3 4 6 −2
3   Qatar 2 4 1 0 3 3 9 −6
  United Arab Emirates withdrew
11 March 1977 Bahrain  0 – 2  KuwaitDoha, Qatar
Kameel   5'
Yaqoub   21'
Referee: Partridge (England)

13 March 1977 Qatar  2 – 0  BahrainDoha, Qatar
Bekhit   40'
Al Suwaidi   62'
Referee: Hungerbühler (Switzerland)

15 March 1977 Qatar  0 – 2  KuwaitDoha, Qatar
Yaqoub   28'
Al-Anberi   68'
Referee: Ohmsen (West Germany)

17 March 1977 Bahrain  1 – 2  KuwaitDoha, Qatar
Shaqr   73' Al-Anberi   33'
Al Duraihem   56' (pen)
Referee: Lattana (Italy)

19 March 1977 Qatar  0 – 3  BahrainDoha, Qatar
Shaqr   32'
Zowayed   57'
Al Farhan   73' (pen)
Referee: Partridge (England)

21 March 1977 Qatar  1 – 4  KuwaitDoha, Qatar
Abubakr   82' (pen) Yaqoub   10'
Ma'yoof   16'
Al Saleh   24'
Bo Hamad   60'
Referee: Lattanzi (Italy)

Kuwait advanced to the Final Round.

Group 5Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Australia 7 4 3 1 0 9 3 +6
2   New Zealand 5 4 2 1 1 14 4 +10
3   Taiwan 0 4 0 0 4 1 17 −16
13 March 1977 Australia  3 – 0  TaiwanSuva, Fiji[3]
Rooney   8'46'
Abonyi   16'
Referee: Promakash (Thailand)

16 March 1977 Taiwan  1 – 2  AustraliaSuva, Fiji[4]
Chang Kuo Chi   29' Kosmina   35'
Abonyi   58'
Referee: Getkaew (Thailand)

20 March 1977 New Zealand  6 – 0  TaiwanAuckland, New Zealand
Nelson   4'6'60'
Campbell   16'
Taylor   42'
Weymouth   74'
Referee: Suppiah (Singapore)

23 March 1977 Taiwan  0 – 6  New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand[5]
Nelson   10'74' 
Sumner   15'51'55' 
Lo Chih Tsong   71' (o.g.)
Referee: Dhillon (Singapore)

27 March 1977 Australia  3 – 1  New ZealandSydney, Australia
Ollerton   60'80'
Kosmina   72'
Nelson   4' Referee: Chan Tam Sun (Hong Kong)

30 March 1977 New Zealand  1 – 1  AustraliaAuckland, New Zealand
Nelson   34' Ollerton   18' Referee: Cheung Kwok Kui (Hong Kong)

Australia advanced to the Final Round.

Final roundEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Iran 14 8 6 2 0 12 3 +9
2   South Korea 10 8 3 4 1 12 8 +4
3   Kuwait 9 8 4 1 3 13 8 +5
4   Australia 7 8 3 1 4 11 8 +3
5   Hong Kong 0 8 0 0 8 5 26 −21
19 June 1977 Hong Kong  0 – 2  IranHong Kong
Kazerani   22'
Jahani   77'
Stadium: Government Stadium
Referee: Gussoni, (Italy)

26 June 1977 Hong Kong  0 – 1  South KoreaHong Kong
Cha Bum-Kun   81' Referee: Biwersi (West Germany)

3 July 1977 South Korea  0 – 0  IranBusan Gudeok Stadium, Busan, Korea Republic
Referee: Fute (Scotland)

10 July 1977 Australia  3 – 0  Hong KongAdelaide, Australia
Kosmina   28'84'
Barnes   46'
Referee: Hungerbühler (Switzerland)

14 August 1977 Australia  0 – 1  IranOlympic Park Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
Roshan   70' Referee: Wöhrer (Austria)

27 August 1977 Australia  2 – 1  South KoreaSydney, Australia
Kosmina   63'75' Cha Bum-Kun   23' Referee: Keizer (Netherlands)

2 October 1977 Hong Kong  1 – 3  KuwaitHong Kong
Chung Chor Wai   9' Al-Dakhil   35'
Yaqoub   52'
Bo Hamad   72'
Referee: Martinez (Spain)

9 October 1977 South Korea  1 – 0  KuwaitSeoul, Korea Republic
Park Sang-In   59' Referee: Ciacci (Italy)

16 October 1977 Australia  1 – 2  KuwaitSydney, Australia
Rooney   83' Kameel   42'
Al-Anberi   49'
Referee: Vautrot (France)

23 October 1977 South Korea  0 – 0  AustraliaSeoul, Korea Republic
Referee: Eriksson (Sweden)

28 October 1977 Iran  1 – 0  KuwaitTehran, Iran
Jahani   48' Referee: Thomas (Wales)

30 October 1977 Hong Kong  2 – 5  AustraliaHong Kong
Tang Hung Cheong   65'
Chung Chor Wai   80'
Ollerton   19'31'65'
Abonyi   39' (pen)
Bennett   85'
Referee: Ponnet (Belgium)

5 November 1977 Kuwait  2 – 2  South KoreaKuwait City, Kuwait
Al-Dakhil   47'
Bo Abbas   76'
Cha Bum-Kun   18'
Choi Jong-Duk   82'
Referee: Dubach (Switzerland)

11 November 1977 Iran  2 – 2  South KoreaTehran, Iran
Roshan   52'68' Lee Young-Moo   28'88' Referee: Partridge (England)

12 November 1977 Kuwait  4 – 0  Hong KongKuwait City, Kuwait
Al-Dakhil   3'17'
Al-Anberi   45'
Kameel   80'
Referee: Victor (Luxembourg)

18 November 1977 Iran  3 – 0  Hong KongTehran, Iran
Jahani   3'35'
Kazerani   19'
Referee: Raus (Yugoslavia)

19 November 1977 Kuwait  1 – 0  AustraliaKuwait City, Kuwait
Al-Dakhil   52' Referee: Bucek (Austria)

25 November 1977 Iran  1 – 0  AustraliaTehran, Iran
Jahani   44' Referee: Kitabdjian (France)

3 December 1977 Kuwait  1 – 2  IranKuwait City, Kuwait
Al-Dakhil   14' Fariba   48'
Khabiri   59'
Referee: Wright (Northern Ireland)

4 December 1977 South Korea  5 – 2  Hong KongSeoul, Korea Republic
Kim Ho-Kon   22'
Huh Jung-Moo   43'
Kim Jae-Han   76'81'89'
Kwok Ka Ming   49'
Chan Fat Chi   79'
Referee: Aldinger (West Germany)

Iran qualified.

GoalscorersEdit

7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Israel left the AFC in 1974
  2. ^ Japan played its "home" match against Israel away at Israel.
  3. ^ Both matches between Australia and Taiwan were played on neutral ground.
  4. ^ Both matches between Australia and Taiwan were played on neutral ground.
  5. ^ Taiwan played its "home" match against New Zealand away instead.