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The 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification was held in late 2005 and the final qualification round was held from February to November 2006 with 25 nations participating.

For the first time, the defending champions (Japan), did not earn an automatic berth in the finals and had to compete in the qualification tournament. Twelve teams from top two of each groups joined with four host nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) qualify for the final tournament.

Teams that did not enterEdit

16 national teams did not enter qualifying (The team's FIFA World Ranking was considered for November 2005):

Team excludedEdit

Thus, out of 46 national teams, 29 entered the qualifying.

Preliminary roundEdit

In December 2005, Bangladesh and Pakistan played off in a home and away series (with Bangladesh hosting the first leg), to determine which team would progress to the final qualifying round. This was originally scheduled in November but the earthquake in Pakistan forced it to be postponed.

After a goalless first leg in Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 22 December 2005, Bangladesh won the second leg thanks to the goal from Firaj Mahmud Hossain at the 84 minute in People's Sports Complex, Karachi, Pakistan four days later. Bangladesh qualified with the 1–0 on aggregate.




  Pakistan also qualified after   Sri Lanka withdrew.

SeedingsEdit

The seeding was based on the 2004 competition, including results during qualifying. The teams in their respective pots also are listed with respect to their performance. Note that Jordan and Uzbekistan were placed higher than South Korea and Iraq. For the tie-breaker here served the fact that Jordan and Uzbekistan were eliminated on penalty shootout, while the other two teams were clearly defeated. Uzbekistan precedes Jordan as it won its group, while Jordan placed second. The same principle is applied to the rest of the teams on the list. The Australian team which had just joined the Asian Football Confederation on 1 January 2006 and had not participated in previous tournaments was given the lowest rank.[1]

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D

  Japan
  China PR
  Iran
  Bahrain
  Uzbekistan
  Jordan

  South Korea
  Iraq
  Saudi Arabia
  Kuwait
  Qatar
  Oman

  United Arab Emirates
  Syria
  Yemen
  Lebanon
  Singapore
  Hong Kong

  Palestine
  Chinese Taipei
  Pakistan*
  Bangladesh
  India
  Australia

* = Replace Sri Lanka

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

If two or more teams in a group are equal on points on completion of the group matches, their places shall be determined as follows:

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned.
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned.
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned (Away Goals do not apply in this stage of the competition).
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches.
  5. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play.
  6. Drawing of lots.

Qualifying roundEdit

  • Pakistan is added back into the final qualifying round after Sri Lanka withdrew at the last minute.
  • 24 teams will be split into six groups of four, playing in a home and away format. The top two of each group will progress to the finals. Matches will start on 22 February 2006 and ends on 15 November 2006.
  • On 1 August 2006, Lebanon officially withdrew from the competition after having played only one match, due to their ongoing conflict with Israel.[2]

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Japan 6 5 0 1 15 2 +13 15
  Saudi Arabia 6 5 0 1 21 4 +17 15
  Yemen 6 2 0 4 5 13 −8 6
  India 6 0 0 6 2 24 −22 0

Note: Japan is ranked higher than Saudi Arabia by the two head-to-head game results (Japan 3 – 2 Saudi Arabia).

Japan  6–0  India
Ono   32'
Maki   58'
Fukunishi   68'
Kubo   78',   90'
Satō   82'
(Report)
Attendance: 38,025
Referee: Huang Junjie (China PR)

Yemen  0–4  Saudi Arabia
(Report) Al Sawailh   14',   89'
Al-Shalhoub   77',   90+2'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Saad Kameel Al Fadhli (Kuwait)

India  0–3  Yemen
(Report) S. Abdullah   6'
Al-Hubaishi   43'
Al Nono   56' (pen.)
Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

India  0–3  Saudi Arabia
(Report) Al-Qahtani   2',   19',   50'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Satop Tongkhan (Thailand)

Japan  2–0  Yemen
Abe   70'
Satō   90+1'
(Report)
Attendance: 40,913
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

Saudi Arabia  1–0  Japan
Bashir   73' (Report)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

Saudi Arabia  7–1  India
Bashir   30',   46'
Al Mahyani   33'
Ameen   57'
Al Hagbani   61'
Al Suwaileh   78',   86'
(Report) Manju   22'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Mohamed Omar Al Saeedi (United Arab Emirates)

Yemen  0–1  Japan
(Report) Ganaha   90'

India  0–3  Japan
(Report) Bando   23',   44'
Nakamura   83'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Chan Siu Kee (Hong Kong)

Saudi Arabia  5–0  Yemen
Bashir   22'
Ameen   27'
Fallatah   65'
Al Mahyani   68',   90+2'
(Report)

Japan  3–1  Saudi Arabia
Tulio   20'
Ganaha   29',   49'
(Report) Al-Qahtani   33' (pen.)
Attendance: 40,965
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Yemen  2–1  India
Al-Haggam   60'
Al-Nono   82'
(Report) Pradeep   52'
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Hassan Marshoud (Jordan)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 6 4 2 0 12 2 +10 14
  South Korea 6 3 2 1 15 5 +10 11
  Syria 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 8
  Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 0 24 −24 0
Iran  4–0  Chinese Taipei
Teymourian   35'
Madanchi   47',   60'
Daei   82'
(Report)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ala Abdul Kadir Nema (Iraq)

Syria  1–2  South Korea
Al Khatib   49' (Report) Kim Doo-Hyun   5'
Lee Chun-Soo   50'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

Chinese Taipei  0–4  Syria
(Report) Chabbo   29',   58'
Al Hussain   45'
Al Khatib   64'
Attendance: 700
Referee: O il Son (Korea DPR)

Chinese Taipei  0–3  South Korea
(Report) Ahn Jung-Hwan   31'
Jung Jo-Gook   53'
Kim Doo-Hyun   80'
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Subrata Sarkar (India)

Iran  1–1  Syria
Nekounam   71' (Report) Chaabo   88'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

South Korea  1–1  Iran
Seol Ki-Hyeon   45' (Report) Hashemian   90'
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

South Korea  8–0  Chinese Taipei
Seol Ki-Hyeon   3',   52'
Jung Jo-Gook   4',   45',   88'
Cho Jae-Jin   19',   82'
Kim Do-Heon   77'
(Report)

Syria  0–2  Iran
(Report) Nosrati   20'
Nekounam   56'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan)

Chinese Taipei  0–2  Iran
(Report) Karimi   10',   56'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tayeb Hasan Shamsuzzaman (Bangladesh)

South Korea  1–1  Syria
Cho Jae-Jin   9' (Report) Al Sayed   18'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Chaiwat Kunsuta (Thailand)

Iran  2–0  South Korea
Enayati   48'
Badamaki   90'
(Report)
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abdulhameed Ebrahim (Bahrain)

Syria  3–0  Chinese Taipei
Al Jaban   51'
Al Khatib   62',   79'
(Report)
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United Arab Emirates 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13
  Oman 6 4 0 2 14 6 +8 12
  Jordan 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 10
  Pakistan 6 0 0 6 4 22 −18 0
Jordan  3–0  Pakistan
Aqel   30' (pen.)
Shelbaieh   38'
Al-Shagran   41'
(Report)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

United Arab Emirates  1–0  Oman
Matar   15' (Report)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Khalil Ibrahim Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)

Oman  3–0  Jordan
Saleh   7'
Sulaiman   18'
Zaher   54'
(Report)
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Pakistan  1–4  United Arab Emirates
Essa   60' (Report) Qassim   68'
Matar   78'
Saad   81'
Al Kas   88'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Satop Tongkhan (Thailand)

Pakistan  1–4  Oman
Essa   79' (pen.) (Report) Al-Maimani   15' (pen,),   35'
Al Hosni   27'
Sulaiman   90'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Jordan  1–2  United Arab Emirates
Ra'fat Ali   88' (Report) Omer   52'
Khater   67'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Naser Rashed Al Hamdan (Saudi Arabia)

United Arab Emirates  0–0  Jordan
(Report)

Oman  5–0  Pakistan
Al Hosni   7'
Bashir   35',   85'
Sulaiman   45'
Al-Touqi   88'
(Report)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ala Abdul Kadir Nema (Iraq)

Pakistan  0–3  Jordan
(Report) Abdel-Hadi Al-Maharmeh   16'
Ra'fat Ali   37'
Khaled Saad   85'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Dilovar Orzuev (Tajikistan)

Oman  2–1  United Arab Emirates
Mudhafar   24'
Sulaiman   28'
(Report) Omer   57'
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Huang Junjie (China PR)

Jordan  3–0  Oman
Amer Deeb   80'
Ra'fat Ali   84'
Al-Sheikh   90'
(Report)
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

United Arab Emirates  3–2  Pakistan
Abbas   54'
Omer   58',   73'
(Report) Akram   23'
Ahmed   67'

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Australia 4 3 0 1 7 3 +4 9
  Bahrain 4 1 1 2 3 6 −3 4
  Kuwait 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 4
  Lebanon 0 - - - - - 0

Note: Bahrain is ranked higher than Kuwait by the two head-to-head game results (Bahrain 2 – 1 Kuwait).

Bahrain  1–3  Australia
Ali   35' (Report) Thompson   53'
Skoko   79'
Elrich   87' (pen.)
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)

Lebanon  1 – 1
Annulled1
  Kuwait
A. Nasseredine   70' (Report) F. Al Hamad   25'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Salem Mujghef (Jordan)

Kuwait  0–0  Bahrain
(Report)
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Australia  2–0  Kuwait
Dodd   75'
Petrovski   86'
(Report)
Attendance: 32,622
Referee: Huang Junjie (China PR)

Kuwait  2–0  Australia
Al Mutairi   56'
Al-Mutawa   59'
(Report)
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

Australia  2–0  Bahrain
Aloisi   17'
Bresciano   24'
(Report)
Attendance: 36,606
Referee: Fareed Ali Mohamed Al Marzouqi (United Arab Emirates)

Bahrain  2–1  Kuwait
Yousef   35' (pen.)
Ghuloom   43'
(Report) Laheeb   70'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (Korea Republic)

1 On 1 August 2006, it was announced that the AFC had accepted a withdrawal request from the Federation Libanaise de Football due to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. [3] The results of the Lebanon-Kuwait game on 22 February 2006 have been declared null and void and do not count towards the group rankings.[4]

The following fixtures were also canceled:

  • against Bahrain, 16 August 2006
  • against Australia, 31 August 2006
  • against Bahrain, 6 September 2006
  • against Kuwait, 11 October 2006
  • against Australia, 15 November 2006

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iraq 6 3 2 1 12 8 +4 11
  China PR 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11
  Singapore 5 1 1 3 4 6 −2 4
  Palestine 5 1 1 3 3 9 −6 4

Note: Iraq is ranked higher than China PR by the two head-to-head game results (Iraq 3 – 2 China PR).

China PR  2–0  Palestine
Du Wei   23'
Li Weifeng   62'
(Report)
Attendance: 16,500
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (Korea Republic)

Singapore  2–0  Iraq
Amri   24'
Alam Shah   83'
(Report)
Attendance: 10,221
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Palestine  1–0  Singapore
Attal   75' (Report)
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

Iraq  2–1  China PR
Mahdi Karim   16'
Hawar Mohamed   67'
(Report) Tao Wei   54'
Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates 1
Attendance: 7,700
Referee: Mohamed Omar Al Saeedi (United Arab Emirates)

China PR  1–0  Singapore
Shao Jiayi   90+5' (pen.) (Report)
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Abdulhameed Ebrahim (Bahrain)

Palestine  0–3  Iraq
(Report) Younis Mahmoud   59',   62'
Mohammad Nasser   90'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

Singapore  0–0  China PR
(Report)
Attendance: 39,000
Referee: Tayeb Hasan Shamsuzzaman (Bangladesh)

Iraq  2–2  Palestine
Salih Sadir   70'
Hawar Mohamed   75'
(Report) Amer   13'
Al Amour   78'
Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates 1
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Salem Mujghef (Jordan)

Iraq  4–2  Singapore
Younis Mahmoud   35',   68'
Mahdi Karim   60'
Hawar Mohamed   90+3'
(Report) Goncalves   9'
Amri   62'
Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates 1
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Mamed Mamedov (Turkmenistan)

Palestine  0–2  China PR
(Report) Mao Jianqing   27'
Sun Xiang   65'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Saad Kameel Al Fadhli (Kuwait)

China PR  1–1  Iraq
Han Peng   40' (Report) Ahmed Salah   65'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)

Singapore  Cancelled[5]  Palestine
(Report)


1 All Iraq's home matches played in Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates.
2 All Palestine's home matches played in Amman, Jordan.

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Qatar 6 5 0 1 14 4 +10 15
  Uzbekistan 6 3 2 1 14 4 +10 11
  Hong Kong 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8
  Bangladesh 6 0 0 6 1 19 −18 0
Uzbekistan  5–0  Bangladesh
Geynrikh   10',   52'
Djeparov   24'
Shatskikh   34',   84'
(Report)
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Abdulhameed Ebrahim (Bahrain)

Hong Kong  0–3  Qatar
(Report) Yasser   11'
Bechir   44'
M. Mohamed   90+5'
Attendance: 1,806
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

Bangladesh  0–1  Hong Kong
(Report) Chan Siu Ki   82'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Subrata Sarkar (India)

Qatar  2–1  Uzbekistan
Adel Lamy   45'
Nasser   49'
(Report) B. Mohammed   20' (o.g.)
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China PR)

Bangladesh  1–4  Qatar
Arman   23' (Report) Rizik   7' (pen.)
Adel Lamy   36'
Ibrahim   38',   74'
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Mukhtar Al Yarimi (Yemen)

Uzbekistan  2–2  Hong Kong
Soliev   18'
Shatskikh   35'
(Report) Sham Kwok Keung   66',   87'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Qasem Shaban (Kuwait)

Hong Kong  0–0  Uzbekistan
(Report)
Attendance: 7,608
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

Qatar  3–0  Bangladesh
Yasser   25'
Adel Lamy   30'
Shammari   52'
(Report)
Attendance: 500
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

Bangladesh  0–4  Uzbekistan
(Report) Zeytulaev   11'
Bakaev   18'
Djeparov   22'
Shatskikh   39' (pen.)
Attendance: 120
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Qatar  2–0  Hong Kong
B. Mohammed   43'
Yasser   53'
(Report)
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Mohammed Kousa (Syria)

Hong Kong  2–0  Bangladesh
Ambassa Guy   43'74' (pen.) (Report)
Attendance: 1,273
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (Korea Republic)

Uzbekistan  2–0  Qatar
Koshelev   31'
Zeytulaev   52'
(Report)
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Mohamed Omar Al Saeedi (United Arab Emirates)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20051220/sport/australia-must-start-at-the-bottom-for-asian-cup.68530
  2. ^ "Lebanon pull out of Asian Cup". afcasiancup.com. Retrieved 1 August 2006.
  3. ^ "AFC confirms Lebanon withdrawal request". Archived from the original on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2006.
  4. ^ "Asian Cup qualifiers – Group D". Retrieved 6 September 2006.
  5. ^ Asian Football Confederation (15 November 2006). "AFC Asian Cup 2007 qualifying: Singapore-Palestine match cancelled". Retrieved 4 February 2011.

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