2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
Tournament details
Teams39 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played136
Goals scored407 (2.99 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Iran.svg Ali Daei (9 goals)
2002
2010

Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Asia .

Contents

44 Asian teams are affiliated with FIFA, but Cambodia, Philippines, Bhutan and Brunei decided not to take part, and Myanmar was banned from the competition (for refusing to play a qualifier in Iran during 2002 qualifying), so a total of 39 teams took part, competing for 4.5 places in the World Cup.

Format

The qualification was composed of three rounds. Only the 14 last ranked teams according to FIFA took part in the Preliminary Round, where they were paired 2-by-2 and played home-and-away knock-out matches. The 7 winners joined the other 25 teams in the Second Round, where those 32 teams were divided in 8 groups of four teams each. The teams in each group would play against each other home-and-away, and the team with most points in each group would advance to the Third Round.

In the Third Round, the 8 remaining teams were divided in two groups of 4 teams each, that would again play against each other in a home-and-away basis. The two teams with most points in each group would qualify to the World Cup. The two third placed teams would play-off against each other home-and-away. Winner of this play-off would play against the fourth placed team in the Final Round of CONCACAF in an intercontinental play-off for a place in the World Cup.

Tiebreakers

If teams were even on points at the end of group play, the tied teams were ranked by: [1]

  1. Greatest 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. Greatest number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned
  4. Goal difference in all group matches
  5. Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches
  6. A play-off on neutral ground. If, after 90 minutes, this match ended in a draw, two 15-minute periods of extra time would be played. If the score was still level after extra time, a penalty shoot-out would determine the winner.

This was a change from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where total goal difference was the first tiebreaker.

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Turkmenistan  Flag of Turkmenistan.svg13–0Flag of Afghanistan (2002-2004).svg  Afghanistan 11–0 2–0
Chinese Taipei  Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg6–1Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 3–0 3–1
Bangladesh  Flag of Bangladesh.svg0–4Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 0–2 0–2
Laos  Flag of Laos.svg0–3Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 0–0 0–3
Pakistan  Flag of Pakistan.svg0–6Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 0–2 0–4
Mongolia  Flag of Mongolia.svg0–13Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 0–1 0–12

Guam and Nepal were scheduled to play against each other on November 21 and 25; Nepal withdrew, so Guam progressed to the 2nd round, but Guam later withdrew.

FIFA then decided to elect a "lucky loser", to select the best of the teams that lost, to advance to the Second Round.

The losers were compared, using the following criteria to break ties: a) number of points; b) goal difference; c) goals scored.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 20110331
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 20020440
Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 20021650
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 20020660
Flag of Afghanistan (2002-2004).svg  Afghanistan 2002013130
Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 2002013130
Source: [ citation needed ]

Laos advanced to the Second Round.

Second round

In the second round, the 25 teams who received byes, as well as the 7 play-off round winners, were split into eight groups of four teams each. Teams played home-and-away games with the other teams in their group, and the top-ranked team qualified for the third round.

Group 1

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Iran.svg Flag of Jordan.svg Flag of Qatar.svg Flag of Laos.svg
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 6501224+1815 0–1 3–1 7–0
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 6402106+412 0–2 1–0 5–0
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 6303168+89 2–3 2–0 5–0
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 6006333300 0–7 2–3 1–6
Source: [2]

Group 2

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg Flag of Palestine.svg Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 6510163+1316 1–1 3–0 6–1
Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg  Iraq 6321177+1011 1–2 4–1 6–1
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 6213111107 0–3 1–1 8–0
Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg  Chinese Taipei 6006326230 0–1 1–4 0–1
Source: [2]

Group 3

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Oman.svg Flag of India.svg Flag of Singapore.svg
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6600161+1518 1–0 7–0 1–0
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 6312143+1110 0–1 0–0 7–0
Flag of India.svg  India 6114218164 0–4 1–5 1–0
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 6105313103 1–2 0–2 2–0
Source: [2]

Group 4

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Kuwait.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of Hong Kong.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 6501152+1315 1–0 4–0 6–1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 6501141+1315 1–0 7–0 4–0
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 6204515106 0–2 0–1 2–0
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 6006218160 0–2 0–1 1–3
Source: [2]

Group 5

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of North Korea.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Yemen.svg
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 6321115+611 0–0 4–1 2–1
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 631266010 1–0 1–0 3–0
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 621391017 1–4 3–0 1–1
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 612361155 1–1 3–1 0–3
Source: [2]

Group 6

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Syria.svg Flag of Tajikistan.svg Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 6420154+1114 2–1 4–0 5–0
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 62227708 2–2 2–1 0–1
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 62135947 0–0 0–1 2–1
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 611451274 1–2 1–1 1–2
Source: [2]

Group 7

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Lebanon.svg Flag of Vietnam.svg Flag of Maldives.svg
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 642092+714 2–0 2–0 2–0
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 6321115+611 1–1 0–0 3–0
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 61145944 1–2 0–2 4–0
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 611451494 0–0 2–5 3–0
Source: [2]

Group 8

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Flag of Turkmenistan.svg Flag of Indonesia.svg Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 6600141+1318 3–0 3–0 3–0
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 621381027 0–1 3–1 2–0
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 621381247 1–3 3–1 1–0
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 602441172 0–1 2–2 2–2
Source: [2]

Third round

In the third round, the 8 teams who won their groups in the earlier round were split into two groups of four teams each. Teams played home-and-away games with the other teams in their group, and the top two teams qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile, the third-placed teams entered a play-off to determine who would contest the AFC–CONCACAF play-off.

Group 1

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Flag of Kuwait.svg
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 6420101+914 2–0 3–0 3–0
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 631295+410 0–1 2–1 2–0
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 612371145 1–1 1–1 3–2
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 611441394 0–0 0–4 2–1
Source: [2]

Group 2

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Iran.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of North Korea.svg
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 650194+515 2–1 1–0 2–1
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 641173+413 2–1 1–0 1–0
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 61144734 0–1 0–0 2–3
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 610551163 0–2 0–2 1–2
Source: [2]

Fourth round

Teams finishing 3rd in the third round groups played each other to determine a possible 5th qualifier from Asia. The first leg was originally played on 3 September 2005 but the match was ordered to be replayed by FIFA after a refereeing mistake. With Uzbekistan leading the tie 1–0, a penalty was awarded to them but the referee disallowed the resulting goal and offered an indirect freekick to Bahrain for encroachment. Uzbekistan had formally requested for the match to be recorded as an automatic 3–0 victory. [3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Uzbekistan  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg1–1 (a)Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 1–1 0–0

Bahrain advanced to the AFC–CONCACAF play-off on the away goals rule.

Inter-confederation play-offs

The Fourth Round winner then played the fourth-placed team of the CONCACAF qualifying group, Trinidad and Tobago, in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Trinidad and Tobago  Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg2–1Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 1–1 1–0

Qualified teams

The following four teams from AFC qualified for the final tournament.

TeamQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances in FIFA World Cup 1
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Third Round Group 1 winners8 June 20053 (1994, 1998, 2002)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Third Round Group 2 winners8 June 20052 (1998, 2002 )
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Third Round Group 1 runners-up8 June 20056 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 )
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Third Round Group 2 runners-up8 June 20052 (1978, 1998)
1Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers

9 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

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