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2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification

The 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification phase saw eight teams advance to the final tournament in Nepal.[1] The qualification draw was held on 20 October 2010, in AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[2]

SeedingEdit

The seedings are based on the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup. Unlike previous editions with the exception of the inaugural edition, no team has been given direct entry into the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. Defending champions Korea DPR, runners-up Turkmenistan and third-placed Tajikistan would now have to go through the qualifiers to enter the finals. The eight lowest ranked teams would take part in the playoff round while the remaining 12 teams would enter the Group Stage.

Group Stage Entrants Playoff Entrants (8 lowest ranked) Non entrants (Teams eligible to enter, but didn't)

Qualifying playoff roundEdit

For the pre-qualifying phase, the eight lowest ranked teams played off over two legs on a home-and-away basis[3] with the away goals rule, extra time and penalty shootouts to determine winners if necessary. The matches took place on 9 and 16 February 2011 with the four winners advancing to the group stage. However, for Afghanistan–Bhutan fixtures, they were rescheduled for 23 and 25 March and were played in at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, India.[4]

The second leg of the Philippines–Mongolia fixture was originally due to take place on 16 February 2011. However, in early January 2011, Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta said he wanted the match to take place at the same venue as the first leg on 12 February, citing the winter conditions in Mongolia.[5] Mongolian Football Federation president Ganbold Buyannemekh insisted that the second leg be played in Mongolia but proposed a 15 March date instead as a compromise.[6]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bhutan   0–5   Afghanistan 0–3 0–2
Philippines   3–2   Mongolia 2–0 1–2
Chinese Taipei   6–3   Laos 5–2 1–1
Cambodia   5–4   Macau 3–1 2–3 (aet)

First legEdit

Bhutan  0–3  Afghanistan
Report Walizada   2'36'80'

Philippines  2–0  Mongolia
Caligdong   43'
P. Younghusband   90+4'
Report
Attendance: 20,000

Chinese Taipei  5–2  Laos
Lin Cheng-Yi   10'
Chang Han   22'56'
Chen Po-Liang   44'
Lo Chih-An   49'
Report Thongkhen   65'
Syvilay   73'
Attendance: 1,000

Cambodia  3–1  Macau
El Nasa   48'53'
Laboravy   59'
Report Leong Ka Hang   80'

Second legEdit

Afghanistan  2–0  Bhutan
Nadeem   61'
Kohistani   65'
Report
Attendance: 2,000

Afghanistan win 5–0 on aggregate


Mongolia  2–1  Philippines
Lkhümbengarav   22'
Garidmagnai   35'
Report J. Younghusband   4'

Philippines win 3–2 on aggregate


Laos  1–1  Chinese Taipei
Vongchiengkham   82' Report Chen Po-Liang   65'

Chinese Taipei win 6–3 on aggregate


Macau  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Cambodia
Vernon   62'
Leong Ka Hang   73'
Vinício   75'
Report Borey   45+2'
El Nasa   107'

Cambodia win 5–4 on aggregate

Qualifying group stageEdit

In the group stage, the 16 teams were divided into four groups of four teams each playing a single round-robin tournament (league system).[3] This included the 12 highest ranked automatically qualified teams and the four qualifiers from the playoff round. The original match days were 20–31 March 2011.[2] The top two teams in each group qualified for the final tournament. On 18 February 2011, the AFC announced that the hosts for each group were: Myanmar for Group A, Malaysia for Group B, Maldives for Group C, and Nepal for Group D; with match dates on the 21, 23 and 25 March 2011.[7]

However, for Group D, the All Nepal Football Association proposed the hosting rights since the end of December 2010, which the AFC had endorsed. The fixtures were also scheduled to take place from 21 to 25 March but on 7 February 2011 it was announced that the qualifiers had to be postponed due to the unavailability of the main stadium (Dasarath Rangasala Stadium) due to a wrestling event. The fixtures were then been set to 7 to 11 April 2011.[8][9]

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[3]

  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;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.
Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up qualify for the final tournament

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Palestine 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7
  Philippines 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3 5
  Bangladesh 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
  Myanmar 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
Myanmar  1–1  Philippines
Khin Maung Lwin   90+3' Report J. Younghusband   76' (pen.)
Palestine  2–0  Bangladesh
Alyan   46'65' Report

Philippines  0–0  Palestine
Report
Bangladesh  2–0  Myanmar
Ahmed   10'
Komol   88'
Report

Myanmar  1–3  Palestine
Zaw Htat Aung   25' (pen.) Report Alyan   39'90'
Harbi   71'
Bangladesh  0–3  Philippines
Report Araneta   41'
Guirado   55'80'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  India 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
  Turkmenistan 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  Pakistan 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
  Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 3 0 7 −7 0
Turkmenistan  3–0  Pakistan
Urazow   6'
Amanow   46'
Garadanow   86'
Report
India  3–0  Chinese Taipei
Lalpekhlua   32'
Chhetri   76'
Jewel   88'
Report

Pakistan  1–3  India
Mehmood   32' Report Lalpekhlua   67'90+4'
Dias   90'
Chinese Taipei  0–2  Turkmenistan
Report Şamyradow   73'
Hangeldiýew   76'

Turkmenistan  1–1  India
Çoňkaýew   52' (pen.) Report Lalpekhlua   60'
Chinese Taipei  0–2  Pakistan
Report Mehmood   26'
Bashir   67'

Group CEdit

  • Times are Maldives Time (MVT) – UTC+5
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Maldives 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  Tajikistan 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
  Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
  Cambodia 3 0 0 3 3 11 −8 0
Tajikistan  1–0  Kyrgyzstan
R. Sydykov   88' (o.g.) Report
Attendance: 4,000
Maldives  4–0  Cambodia
Naseer   2'
Ashfaq   41'84'88'
Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Zhao Liang (China PR)

Kyrgyzstan  1–2  Maldives
Abdul Ghani   87' (o.g.) Report Ali   5'
Qasim   79'
Cambodia  0–3  Tajikistan
Report Davronov   2'
Ergashev   83'
Rabimov   89'
Attendance: 550
Referee: Pratap Singh (India)

Tajikistan  0–0  Maldives
Report
Attendance: 9,000
Cambodia  3–4  Kyrgyzstan
Sokumpheak   39'49'
Rithy   89'
Report A. Sydykov   5'
Usanov   45+1'
Esenkul Uulu   80'85'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Zhao Liang (China PR)

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  North Korea 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
    Nepal 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
  Afghanistan 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 3
  Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
North Korea  4–0  Sri Lanka
Choe Kum-Chol   2'47'
Ri Chol-Myong   5'
Pak Nam-Chol   21'
Report
Afghanistan  0–1    Nepal
Report Khawas   27'
Attendance: 9,100

Nepal    0–1  North Korea
Report Jong Il-Gwan   31'
Sri Lanka  0–1  Afghanistan
Report Hadid   82'

Nepal    0–0  Sri Lanka
Report
North Korea  2–0  Afghanistan
Choe Kum-Chol   45+1'
Ri Chol-Myong   68'
Report
Attendance: 1,000

QualifiersEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup held from 8–19 March 2012 in Nepal:[10]

GoalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No direct entry for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b "2012 AFC Challenge Cup draw results". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "AFC Challenge Cup 2012 (Qualifiers) Competition Regulations" (PDF). The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Afghanistan, Bhutan tie in India". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  5. ^ Henson, Joaquin (4 January 2011). "PFF readying Panaad for Challenge Cup". PhilStar.com. The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  6. ^ Galunan Jr., Jerome S. (8 January 2011). "Mongolian XI insists on home and away". Sun.Star. Bacolod. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  7. ^ "AFC CC 2012 qualifying hosts confirmed". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  8. ^ Timalsina, Prakash (31 December 2010). "Nepal to host AFC Challenge Cup group". My Republica. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  9. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup date postponed". Goal Nepal. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  10. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2012 (Men)" (PDF). The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 26 March 2011.

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