2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round
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The AFC Fourth Round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification was decided by a random draw conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 June 2008. The round commenced on 6 September 2008, and finished on 17 June 2009.
The 10 teams (2 teams from each group in the third round) were divided into four pots for the draw, three containing two teams and one containing four. The seeding for the fourth round was based on that used in the third round draw, but Saudi Arabia and Japan (seeded equal 4th in that draw) were separated by a random selection held at the start of the fourth round draw. The pots were as follows:
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The 10 teams were split into two groups of five teams each – each containing one team from each of Pots 1, 2 and 3, as well as 2 teams from Pot 4.
The top two teams in each group qualified for the World Cup Finals, with the two third-placed sides advancing to a playoff. All teams played home and away against each of the other four teams in the group.
(Q) Australia and Japan qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.; (A) Bahrain advanced to the AFC play-off..
Tulio 89' (o.g.)
|Report||S. Nakamura 18'
Endō 44' (pen.)
K. Nakamura 85'
Magid Mohamed 73'
|Soria 6'||Report||Fatadi 67'|
Emerton 17' (pen.), 58'
|Tamada 40'||Report||Shatskikh 27'|
|S. Nakamura 47'||Report|
|Tadjiyev 34', 45+2', 53'
Kewell 73' (pen.)
|Al Binali 3' (o.g.)||Report||Afif 53' (pen.)|
|Cahill 59', 77'||Report||Tulio 39'|
|South Korea (Q)||8||4||4||0||12||4||+8||16||—||1–0||0–0||1–1||4–1|
|North Korea (Q)||8||3||3||2||7||5||+2||12||1–1||—||1–0||0–0||2–0|
|Saudi Arabia (A)||8||3||3||2||8||8||0||12||0–2||0–0||—||1–1||3–2|
|United Arab Emirates||8||0||1||7||6||17||−11||1||0–2||1–2||1–2||1–1||—|
(Q) South Korea and North Korea qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.; (A) Saudi Arabia advanced to the AFC play-off..
|United Arab Emirates||1–2||North Korea|
|Saeed 86'||Report||Choe Kum-Chol 72'
An Chol-Hyok 81'
|Al-Harthi 29'||Report||Nekounam 81'|
|North Korea||1–1||South Korea|
|Hong Yong-Jo 64' (pen.)||Report||Ki Sung-Yueng 69'|
|United Arab Emirates||1–2||Saudi Arabia|
|Khater 23'||Report||Otaif 69'
|South Korea||4–1||United Arab Emirates|
|Lee Keun-Ho 20', 80'
Park Ji-sung 26'
Kwak Tae-Hwi 89'
|Report||Al Hammadi 72'|
|Report||Jong Tae-Se 72'|
|United Arab Emirates||1–1||Iran|
|Juma'a 19'||Report||Bagheri 81'|
|Saudi Arabia||0–2||South Korea|
|Report||Lee Keun-Ho 76'
Park Chu-Young 90+2'
|North Korea||1–0||Saudi Arabia|
|Mun In-Guk 28'||Report|
|Nekounam 58'||Report||Park Ji-sung 81'|
|North Korea||2–0||United Arab Emirates|
|Pak Nam-Chol 51'
Mun In-Guk 90+3'
|Shojaei 57'||Report||Hazazi 79'
|South Korea||1–0||North Korea|
|Kim Chi-Woo 86'||Report|
|Saudi Arabia||3–2||United Arab Emirates|
|Otaif 4' (pen.)
Juma 70' (o.g.)
|Report||Al Shehhi 38'
|United Arab Emirates||0–2||South Korea|
|Report||Park Chu-Young 9'
Ki Sung-Yueng 37'
|South Korea||0–0||Saudi Arabia|
|Iran||1–0||United Arab Emirates|
|Park Ji-sung 82'||Report||Shojaei 52'|
As of 17 June, there have been 81 goals scored in 40 games, for an average of 2.03 goals per game.
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 1 own goal
Several Iranian players started their away match against South Korea wearing green armbands or wristbands, a symbol of protest at the outcome of the Iranian presidential election. Most removed them at half-time. The newspaper Iran reported that Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Hosein Kaebi, and Vahid Hashemian had received life bans from the Iranian FA for the gesture. However, the Iranian FA denied this claim in a response to FIFA's inquiry saying that "the comments in foreign media are nothing but lies and a mischievous act." The Iran national team head coach Afshin Ghotbi also confirmed that it was a rumour and Iranian FA "has not taken any official stand on this issue."
- Match played in Shanghai, China, as was the corresponding fixture in the Third Round, as North Korea refused to play the anthem and fly the flag of South Korea.
- "Iranian football team shows support for Mousavi with green arm bands at Seoul World Cup qualifier". The Daily Telegraph. London. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
- Tiat, Robert (25 June 2009). "Iranian players receive life bans for gestures". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- "Iran denies punishing players for wearing green wristbands". London: The Daily Telegraph. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- Bell, Jack (26 June 2009). "Iran Did Not Suspend Players, Coach Says". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 June 2009.