World Cup Qualification Results: Asia – AFC

Jordan's Hamza Al Daradreh earned his team a penalty and scored the second goal against Australia
Jordan’s Hamza Al Daradreh earned his team a penalty and scored the second goal against Australia

Group A

Saudi Arabia lead Group A after a 2-1 win at home over the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi scoring twice to rally his side to victory.

A stoppage-time goal from Ahmed Abu Nahyeh gave Palestine a 1-1 draw against East Timor. Ramon Saro had put East Timor ahead.

Group B

Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0, and move to the top of Group B.

Hassan Abdel Fattah blasted a penalty high into the net after a Matthew Spiranovic foul in the area.

Hamza Al Daradreh sealed the win for the hosts, who also defeated the Socceroos in qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

The result, in front of a passionate home crowd in Amman, gave Jordan a one point lead over the Socceroos with four games remaining.

The match between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan ended in a 2-2 draw.

Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov and Anton Zemlyanukhin (penalty) scored for Kyrgyzstan, while Dzhakhongir Dzhalilov and Farkhod Vasiev scored for Tajikistan.

Group C

Maldives ran out to a four-goal lead and held off Bhutan to win 4-3.

Qatar also maintained maximum points with a 1-0 win over China, to move five points clear of the visitors.

Group D

Turkmenistan defeated India 2-1.

Iran and Oman played a 1-1 draw.

Iran’s Jalal Hosseini scored in the 70th minute to cancel out Eid Al-Farsi’s opener, but Iran could not find a winner.

Group E

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals as Japan beat Syria 3-0 in Oman, where Syria plays its home games for security reasons, to take top spot in Group E.

The win puts Japan a point clear of Syria and two ahead of Singapore, who had a 1-0 win over Afghanistan.

Group F

Iraq needed an injury-time penalty from Younis Mahmoud to salvage a 1-1 draw in Vietnam and move two points behind Group F leader Thailand.

Group G

A first half header from Koo Ja-cheol gave South Korea a 1-0 win in Kuwait to make it four wins from four in Group G.

The Taeguk Warriors were missing injured Premier League stars Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace’s Lee Chung-yong.

Lebanon recorded a 2-0 victory at Myanmar.

Group H

North Korea’s winning streak in World Cup qualifying came to an end with a 0-0 draw against the Philippines.

The North Koreans lead Group H with 10 points from four game but are just a point clear of Uzbekistan who won 4-0 in Bahrain.

Group A

Timor-Leste 1 – 1 Palestine

Saudi Arabia 2 – 1 U.A.E.

Group B

Jordan 2 – 0 Australia

Kyrgyzstan 2 – 2 Tajikistan

Group C

Bhutan 3 – 4 Maldives

Qatar 1 – 0 China

Group D

Turkmenistan 2 – 1 India

Oman 1 – 1 Iran

Group E

Singapore 1 – 0 Afghanistan

Syria 0 – 3 Japan

Group F

Vietnam 1 – 1 Iraq

Group G

Myanmar 0 – 2 Lebanon

Kuwait 0 – 1 South Korea

Group H

North Korea 0 – 0 Philippines

Bahrain 0 – 4 Uzbekistan

The top team from each of the eight groups and the best four second-place teams advance to the next round of qualifying.

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