1980 AFC Asian Cup qualification

This 1980 AFC Asian Cup qualification phase started in December 1978 while other qualification matches took place in early 1979. A total of 18 teams participated. Eight teams from the top two of each group advance to the final tournament, joining hosts Kuwait and defending champions Iran.

1980 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates25 December 1978 – 14 May 1979
Teams17 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored91 (2.94 per match)
1976
1984

GroupsEdit

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4

  Bahrain
  Lebanon
  Pakistan (withdrew)
  South Yemen (withdrew)
  Syria
  United Arab Emirates

  Afghanistan
  Bangladesh
  India (withdrew)
  Iraq (withdrew)
  Jordan (withdrew)
    Nepal (withdrew)
  Qatar
  Saudi Arabia (withdrew)

  Brunei (withdrew)
  Burma (withdrew)
  Hong Kong
  Indonesia
  Malaysia
  North Korea
  Singapore
  Sri Lanka
  Thailand

  China
  Kampuchea (withdrew)
  Japan (withdrew)
  Laos (withdrew)
  Macau
  Philippines
  South Korea
  Vietnam (withdrew)

  Iran qualified as defending champions
  Kuwait qualified as hosts

QualificationEdit

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
  Syria 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3 1980 AFC Asian Cup
  United Arab Emirates 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
  Lebanon 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
  Bahrain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrawn[a]

Syria  1–1[a]
Cancelled
  Bahrain

Lebanon  Cancelled  Bahrain

Syria  1–0  Lebanon
  • Qaddour   21'

  1. ^ a b In the 17 November match between Syria and Bahrain, the referee awarded a penalty to Bahrain. The Syrian head coach entered the pitch, threatening the referee, who stopped the match in the 81st minute. The committee initially awarded the match 3–0 in favour of Bahrain, but Syria threatened to withdraw; the committee adjusted its decision to a replay of the match on 25 November, but then Bahrain withdrew. All matches involving Bahrain were annulled.[1]

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
  Qatar 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 7 1980 AFC Asian Cup
  Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 7 8 −1 4
  Afghanistan 4 0 1 3 4 11 −7 1

Bangladesh  1–1  Qatar
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Qatar  3–0  Afghanistan

Bangladesh  2–2  Afghanistan
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Bangladesh  1–3  Qatar

Qatar  3–0  Afghanistan

Bangladesh  3–2  Afghanistan
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Group 3Edit


Allocation matches to determine groups

Thailand  3–1  Indonesia
Daoyod Dara   12'
Withaya Laohakul   24'
Manus R.   35'
Timo Kapissa   18'

Malaysia  3–1  Sri Lanka

North Korea  3–0  Hong Kong

Group 3AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
  Malaysia 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 3 1980 AFC Asian Cup
  North Korea 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 3
  Indonesia 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5 0
Malaysia  4–1  Indonesia
Santokh Singh   35'
James Wong   51'
Bakri Ibni   55'
Mokhtar Dahari   88'
Iswadi Idris   71'

North Korea  3–1  Indonesia
Pak Jong-hun   22', 75'
Hong Song-nam   32'
Andi Lala   35'

Malaysia  1–1  North Korea

Group 3BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
  Thailand 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 6 1980 AFC Asian Cup
  Hong Kong 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 4
  Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2 4 9 −5 2
  Singapore 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
Hong Kong  3–1  Singapore
Thailand  4–0  Sri Lanka

Hong Kong  5–0  Sri Lanka
Thailand  4–0  Singapore

Sri Lanka  4–0  Singapore
Thailand  1–0  Hong Kong

Semi-finalsEdit

Malaysia  0–0  Hong Kong
Penalties
5–4

Thailand  0–1  North Korea

Third place play-offEdit

Thailand  1–2  Hong Kong

FinalEdit

North Korea  1–0  Malaysia

North Korea   and   Malaysia qualified for the final tournament

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
  South Korea 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 6 1980 AFC Asian Cup
  China 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 4
  Macau 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 2
  Philippines 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0

South Korea  4–1  Macau
Philippines  0–3  China

China  2–1  Macau

South Korea  1–0  China
Philippines  1–2  Macau

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearance
  Kuwait Hosts 2 (1972, 1976)
  Iran 1976 AFC Asian Cup champions 13 June 1976 3 (1968, 1972, 1976)
  Syria Group 1 winners 22 November 1979 0 (debut)
  United Arab Emirates Group 1 runners-up 23 November 1979 0 (debut)
  Qatar Group 2 winners 15 January 1979 0 (debut)
  Bangladesh Group 2 runners-up 16 January 1979 0 (debut)
  North Korea Group 3 winners 12 May 1979 0 (debut)
  Malaysia Group 3 runners-up 11 May 1979 1 (1976)
  South Korea Group 4 winners 29 December 1978 4 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972)
  China Group 4 runners-up 29 December 1978 1 (1976)

ControversiesEdit

In the 17 November match between Syria and Bahrain, the referee awarded a penalty to Bahrain. The Syrian head coach entered the pitch, threatening the referee, who stopped the match in the 81st minute. The committee initially awarded the match 3–0 in favour of Bahrain, but Syria threatened to withdraw; the committee adjusted its decision to a replay of the match on 25 November, but then Bahrain withdrew. All matches involving Bahrain were annulled.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Al Anwar, November 1979
  2. ^ Al Anwar, November 1979