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The qualification process for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup football competition began on March 2003. Out of the 45 AFC members only Cambodia and the Philippines failed to enter for the tournament. Both China, the hosts and Japan, the reigning champions automatically qualified for the finals. The lowest ranked 20 teams were placed in 6 preliminary qualifying groups of 3 and one group of 2, with the group winners joining the remaining 21 teams in 7 groups of 4. The top two of each of these groups qualified for the finals in China.

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Myanmar 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 6
  Maldives 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
  Brunei 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 1

All matches played in Malé, Maldives

Brunei  1–1  Maldives
Fadlin   59' Ali Umar   42'

Myanmar  5–0  Brunei
Win Htike   10'
Aung Kyaw Moe   14'
Yan Paing   45'66'
Lwin Oo   75'

Maldives  0–2  Myanmar
Win Htike   52'
Zaw Zaw   65'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2 6
  Chinese Taipei 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
  Timor-Leste 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0

All matches played in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Timor-Leste  2–3  Sri Lanka
Mohammad Hamza   3' (o.g.)
F.J.G.R.M Cabral   81'
Kasun Jayasuriya   36'
Channa   44'89'

Chinese Taipei  3–0  Timor-Leste
H.C. Ming    
C.J. Ming   33'

Sri Lanka  2–1  Chinese Taipei
S.R. Kumara   13'
Channa   78'
Yen C.W.   47'

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    Nepal 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
  Kyrgyzstan 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
  Afghanistan 2 1 0 1 2 5 −3 3

All matches played in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kyrgyzstan  1–2  Afghanistan
Zhumagulov   63' Tahir Shah   25'
Farid Azami   76'

Afghanistan  0–4    Nepal
Nirajan Rayamajhi   35'
Hari Khadka   39'87'
Dipak Lama   90'

Nepal    0–2  Kyrgyzstan
Pryanishnikov   27'45'

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Hong Kong 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4 4
  Laos 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3 3
  Bangladesh 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1

All matches played in Hong Kong

Laos  1–5  Hong Kong
Visay Phaphouvanin   66' Chan Chi Hong   17'35'
Kwok Yue Hung   47'
Au Wai Lun   59' (pen.)82'

Bangladesh  1–2  Laos
Ariful Kabir   90+1' Kholadeth Ponephachan   30'
Visay Phaphouvanin   37'

Hong Kong  2–2  Bangladesh
Au Wai Lun   44' (pen.)
Szeto Man Chun   45'
Feroj Mahmood Hossain   66'
Md. Monwar Hossen   77'

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Singapore 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6
  Pakistan 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
  Macau 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0

All matches played in Singapore

Macau  0–3  Pakistan
Qadeer Ahmed   27'65'
Sarfraz Rassol   51'

Singapore  2–0  Macau
Azhar Baksin   23'
Indra Sahdan Daud   58'

Pakistan  0–3  Singapore
Indra Sahdan Daud   8'35'
Mohd Noh Alam Shah   66'

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Bhutan 2 1 1 0 6 0 +6 4
  Mongolia 2 1 1 0 5 0 +5 4
  Guam 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 0

All matches played in Thimphu, Bhutan

Guam  0–6  Bhutan
Wangay Dorji   32'35'
Dinesh Chhetri   59'
Passang Tshering   76' (pen.)
Pema Chopel   88'
Yeshey Nedup   89'

Mongolia  5–0  Guam
Ganbat Bat-Yalalt   20'
Ganbaataryn Tögsbayar   26'56'90'
Donorovyn Lümbengarav   61'

Bhutan  0–0  Mongolia

Group GEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  North Korea 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
  India 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
North Korea  2–0  India
Choe So-Hyok   44'70'

India  1–1  North Korea
I.M. Vijayan   29' Choe Hyun-Yu   85'

Qualifying roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Uzbekistan 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7 13
  Thailand 6 3 0 3 10 7 +3 9
  Tajikistan 6 2 2 2 3 5 −2 8
  Hong Kong 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 4

Played in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Tajikistan  1–0  Thailand
Fuzailov   79'

Uzbekistan  4–1  Hong Kong
Akopyants   1'
Shishelov   17'67'
Soliev   28'
Law Chun Bong   45'

Hong Kong  0–0  Tajikistan

Thailand  0–3  Uzbekistan
Shatskikh   23'
Shishelov   27'70'

Hong Kong  2–1  Thailand
Cheung Sai Ho   28'
Wong Chun Yue   69'
Datsakorn Thonglao   64''

Uzbekistan  0–0  Tajikistan

Played in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thailand  4–0  Hong Kong
Noywech   24'
Thonglao   35'
Chaikamdee   79'88' (pen.)

Uzbekistan  4–1  Tajikistan
Shishelov   8'36'
Kapadze   50'
Koshelev   61'
Burkhanov   65'

Tajikistan  0–1  Thailand
Chaiman   83'

Hong Kong  0–1  Uzbekistan
Shirshov   32'

Hong Kong  0–1  Tajikistan
Muhidinov   68'

Thailand  4–1  Uzbekistan
Noywech   38'
Surasiang   56'
Thongman   78'
Chaikamdee   81'
Koshelev   88'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Kuwait 6 5 1 0 17 5 +12 16
  Qatar 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11
  Singapore 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 4
  Palestine 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2

NB: All Palestine's home matches played away.

Singapore  1–3  Kuwait
Goncalves   50'' Neda   10'
Al-Mutawa   67'90'
Attendance: 10,500

Kuwait  2–1  Qatar
Abdullah   56'
Wabran   85'
Al-Ghanem   27'

Qatar  2–2  Kuwait
Bechir   21'82' Redha   26'
Al Ateeqi   71'

Palestine  1–1  Qatar
Mansour   90' Abdullah   47'

Kuwait  4–0  Singapore
Abdullah   25'78'
Al-Mutawa   47'
Abdulreda   53'

Qatar  2–1  Palestine
Mohyeddin   68'
Hamzah   90'
Abdala   77'

Kuwait  2–1  Palestine
Wabran   25'
Al-Mutawa   59'
Amer   72'

Palestine  0–4  Kuwait
Abdullah   36'57' (pen.)
Al-Mutawa   42'46'

Singapore  2–0  Palestine
Juraimi   18'
Shah   88'

Palestine  0–0  Singapore

Qatar  2–0  Singapore
Bechir   10'
Mustafa   28'

Singapore  0–2  Qatar
Koni   42'
Bechir   55'

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Saudi Arabia 6 6 0 0 31 1 +30 18
  Indonesia 6 3 1 2 9 13 −4 10
  Yemen 6 2 1 3 15 15 0 7
  Bhutan 6 0 0 6 0 26 −26 0

Played in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia  7–0  Yemen
Yusri Al Bashah   16'18'24'35'
Mohammed Noor   65'
Mohammad Al-Shalhoub   73' (pen.)
Talal Al-Meshal   80'
Report


Yemen  0–3  Indonesia
Uston Nawawi   51'89'
Zaenal Arif   70'


Saudi Arabia  5–0  Indonesia
Talal Al-Meshal   38'55'56'
Yusri Al Bashah   47'49'
Report

Bhutan  0–8  Yemen
Yasir Bashi   20'25'82'
Fikri Al-Habibshi   35'
Saled Al-Shiri   59'
Adel Al-Shiri   59'
Adel Al-Salemi   67'88'
Nashwan Aziz   74'

Yemen  1–3  Saudi Arabia
Yasir Bashi   12' Report Hamad Al-Montashari   18'
Abdullah Al-Waked   20'
Mohammad Al-Shalhoub   82' (pen.)



Bhutan  0–4  Saudi Arabia
Report Abdullah Jumaa   3'24'80'
Bandar Temim   44' (pen.)
Referee: Jaafaar Mahdi Al-Khabbaz (Bahrain)


Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 6 5 0 1 16 5 +11 15
  Jordan 6 5 0 1 13 6 +7 15
  Lebanon 6 1 1 4 2 8 −6 4
  North Korea 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12 1
North Korea  0–1  Lebanon
Buddy Farah   56'
Attendance: 95,000[1]

Iran  4–1  Jordan
Ali Daei   45'90'
Nekounam   75'
Mobali   80'
Mo'ayyad Salim   2'

Jordan  3–2  Iran
Mo'ayyad Salim   41'
Shelbaieh   45'
Al-Shaqran   81'
Golmohammadi   6'
Majidi   59'

Jordan  1–0  Lebanon
Hatem Aqel   8' (pen.)

North Korea  1–3  Iran
Myong Song-Chol   61' Karimi   47'79'
Navidkia   87'

Lebanon  1–1  North Korea
Khaled Hamieh   59' Kim Yong-chol   62'

Lebanon  0–2  Jordan
Hassouneh Al-Sheikh   37'
Al-Shaqran   65'

Iran  Abandoned
3–0 (Awarded)1
  North Korea
Daei   52' (pen.)
Attendance: 40,000

Jordan  3–0  North Korea
Shelbaieh   7'
Al-Shboul   89'
Anas Al-Zboun   90'

Lebanon  0–3  Iran
Ali Daei   38' (pen.)
Golmohammadi   61'
Nikbakht   80'

Iran  1–0  Lebanon
Ali Daei   27'

North Korea  Canceled
0–3 (Awarded)2
  Jordan

1The match was abandoned with half an hour left and Iran winning 1-0 after North Korea walked off when their fans threw firecrackers on the pitch and refused to go back. The match was awarded 3–0 to Iran, but on the other hand, Iran were ordered to play their next home match in an official AFC or FIFA competition behind closed doors. [2]

2 The match was not played after North Korean immigration officials did not issue visas to Jordan's team, meaning they were refused entry into the country. The match was awarded 3–0 to Jordan and North Korea were banned from AFC competitions for a year and from qualifying for the 2007 Asian Cup. [2]

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Oman 6 5 0 1 24 2 +22 15
  South Korea 6 4 0 2 30 4 +26 12
  Vietnam 6 3 0 3 8 13 −5 9
    Nepal 6 0 0 6 0 43 −43 0

Played in Incheon, Korea Republic.

Nepal    0–7  Oman
Fawzi Bashir   2'25'
Ahmed Hadid   4'12'
Hassan Mudhafar   6'
Badar Al-Maimani   51'
Hani Al-Dhabit   59'

Vietnam  0–5  South Korea
Lee Ki-Hyung   35'
Cho Jae-Jin   49'
Kim Do-Hoon   68'
Kim Dae-Ui   72'
Woo Sung-Yong   86'

Vietnam  5–0    Nepal
Pham Van Quyen   14'23'36'
Nguyen Tuan Phong   22'
Phan Thanh Binh   90'

South Korea  1–0  Oman
Choi Sung-Kuk   46'

Oman  6–0  Vietnam
Nasser Zayid      
Al-Dhabit    
Badar Al-Maimani  

South Korea  16–0    Nepal
Kim Dae-Eui   18'37'
Woo Sung-Yong   21'46'48'
Park Jin-Sub   22'28'64'67'89'
Lee Eul-Yong   54'
Lee Kwan-Woo   57'
Kim Do-Hoon   75'84'86'
Chung Kyung-Ho   80'

Played in Muscat, Oman.

Nepal    0–6  Oman
Fawzi Bashir   18'62'82'
Yousuf Shaaban   20'
Ahmed Hadid   44'
Hashim Saleh   78'

South Korea  0–1  Vietnam
Pham Van Quyen   74'

Vietnam  2–0    Nepal
Nguyen Minh Phuong   49'
Phan Thanh Binh   50'

Oman  3–1  South Korea
Al-Dhabit   60'
Hashim Saleh   64'
Fawzi Bashir   88'
Chung Kyung-Ho   49'
Woo Sung-Yong   91'

South Korea  7–0    Nepal
Cho Jae-Jin   1'
Lee Ki-Hyung   5'51'
Kim Do-Hoon   15' (pen.)31'33'
Chung Kyung-Ho   51'

Oman  2–0  Vietnam
Al-Dhabit   47'
Ahmed Hadid   68'

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iraq 6 4 1 1 16 4 +12 13
  Bahrain 6 4 1 1 14 9 +5 13
  Malaysia 6 1 2 3 9 12 −3 5
  Myanmar 6 1 0 5 4 18 −14 3

Played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Iraq  5–1  Bahrain
Younis Mahmoud   5'48'69'83'
Jassim Swadi   25'
Saleh Farhan   71'
Attendance: 350
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan)

Malaysia  4–0  Myanmar
Tengku Hazman   34'80'
Gilbert Cassidy   67'
Tun Lin Soe   86' (o.g.)
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Yang Ziqiang (China)

Myanmar  1–3  Bahrain
Soe Myat Min   77' Talal Yousef   14'
A'ala Hubail   49'
Hussain Ali Ahmed   76'
Attendance: 800
Referee: Santhan Nagalingam (Singapore)

Malaysia  0–0  Iraq
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Khantama Adunyachart (Thailand)

Iraq  3–0  Myanmar
Haidar Obeid   39'
Ahmad Mnajed   50'
Hesham Mohammed   86'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Yang Ziqiang (China)

Malaysia  2–2  Bahrain
Shukor Adan   80'
Norhafiz Zamani Misbah   90'
Sayed Mahmood Jalal   6'
Mohammed Husain Bahzad   45'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan)

Played in Manama, Bahrain.

Iraq  5–1  Malaysia
Qusai Hashim   20'
Younis Mahmoud   36'45'63'
Hussam Fawzi   70'
Hairuddin Omar   53'

Bahrain  4–0  Myanmar
Abdulla Al Marzooqi   22'
Hussain Ali Ahmed   27'
Sayed Mahmood Jalal   45'
Saleh Farhan   45+2' (pen.)
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Abdullah Al-Harrasi (Oman)

Myanmar  1–3  Iraq
Zaw Zaw   45' Abbas Hassan   38'
Abbas Rahim   66'
Jassim Swadi   89' (pen.)
Attendance: 300
Referee: Farajollah Yasrebi (Iran)

Bahrain  3–1  Malaysia
Hussain Ali Ahmed   30'45'
Talal Yousef  43' (pen.)
Indra Putra Mahayuddin   37'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Talat Najem (Lebanon)

Myanmar  2–1  Malaysia
Soe Myat Min   25'
Fadzli Saari   43' (o.g.)
Hairuddin Omar   86'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Abdullah Al-Harrasi (Oman)

Bahrain  1–0  Iraq
A'ala Hubail   12'

Group GEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Turkmenistan 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 14
  United Arab Emirates 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13
  Syria 6 2 1 3 16 10 +6 7
  Sri Lanka 6 0 0 6 1 23 −22 0

NB: All of Sri Lanka's home matches were played away.

Syria  5–0  Sri Lanka
Iyad Mando   34'82'
Maher Al-Sayed   54'84'
Firas Al-Khatib   73'

Sri Lanka  0–8  Syria
Firas Al-Khatib   40'49'55'
Maher Al-Sayed   45'65'
Iyad Mando   60'
Nabil Al Shahmeh   80'83'



Syria  1–3  United Arab Emirates
Firas Al-Khatib   50' Rami Yaslam   74'
Mohammed Srour   80'
Abdulrahim Jumaa   89'

Turkmenistan  1–0  Sri Lanka
Agabayew   9'

Sri Lanka  0–3  Turkmenistan

United Arab Emirates  3–1  Syria
Rami Yaslam   45'
Mohammad Omar   63'
Sultan Rashed   78'
Raja Rafe   36'

United Arab Emirates  3–1  Sri Lanka
Mohammad Omar   11' (pen.)
Subait Khater   40'
Ismail Matar   61'
Channa   31'

Sri Lanka  0–3  United Arab Emirates
Abdulrahim Jumaa   45+2'79'
Mohammad Omar   87'

Syria  1–1  Turkmenistan
Anas Sari   10' Urazow   16'

Turkmenistan  3–01  Syria

1 Syria failed to show up for the match. The match was awarded 3–0 to Turkmenistan.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/30/1067233325247.html?from=storyrhs
  2. ^ a b "北朝鮮サッカー、1年間国際大会出場停止に" [North Korean football team is suspended for international matches for a year] (in Japanese). JoongAng Ilbo. 14 December 2003. Archived from the original on 2 May 2005. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

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