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Asian Cup – Qatar 2011 – Qualifying

Asian Cup – Qatar 2011 Qualification Tournament

The main part of the qualifying tournament for the 2011 Asian Cup began with a preliminary round tie in April 2008 and is scheduled to finish in March 2010. The first, second and third placed teams from the previous Asian Cup tournament in 2007 (Iraq, Saudi Arabia and South Korea respectively) qualified automatically for the finals this time around, along with hosts Qatar. The remainder of the 46 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) members had to compete in the qualifying tournaments. 

The 24 highest ranked teams were eligible for the main qualifying tournament although North Korea, Myanmar and Turkmenistan withdrew. This left 21 entrants to be reduced to 20 by means of a two-legged play-off tie between the two lowest ranked teams – Lebanon and the Maldives. The 20 teams were then drawn into five groups of four to play the other teams in their group twice each on a home and away basis. The top two from each group will qualify for the finals. NB: India subsequently withdrew from Group C following their qualification via the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup. 

The remaining, lowest ranked, Asian teams had to battle it out for the remaining two places in the finals by attempting to win the biannual AFC Challenge Cup competition in either 2008 or 2010. This is a tournament for the so-called ‘emerging nations’, the lowest ranked AFC members. Sixteen teams played in the qualifiers for the 2008 edition and the eight team final tournament was played in India and won by the hosts, who beat Tajikistan 4-1 in the final. Qualifying for the 2010 edition is in March and April 2009 and the finals will take place in India in July and August 2010. If India retain their title then the 2010 runners-up will qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup. 


Preliminary Round 

09-04-2008 Lebanon 4–0 Maldives Beirut  
23-04-2008 Maldives 1-2 Lebanon Malé (Lebanon win 6-1 on aggregate)

Group Stage 

Group A P W D L F A Pts
Japan 6 5 0 1 17 4 15
Bahrain 6 4 0 2 12 6 12
Yemen 6 2 1 3 7 9 7
Hong Kong 6 0 1 5 1 18 1
Group A Fixtures / Results
20-01-2009 Japan 2-1 Yemen Kunamoto
21-01-2009 Hong Kong 1-2 Bahrain Hong Kong
28-01-2009 Yemen 1-0 Hong Kong Sana’a
28-01-2009 Bahrain 1-0 Japan Madinat ‘Isa
08-10-2009 Japan 6-0 Hong Kong Shizuoka
18-11-2009 Bahrain 4-0 Yemen Madinat ‘Isa
18-11-2009 Hong Kong 0-4 Japan Hong Kong
06-01-2010 Yemen 2-3 Japan Sana’a
06-01-2010 Bahrain 4-0 Hong Kong Madinat ‘Isa
20-01-2010 Yemen 3-0 Bahrain Sana’a
03-03-2010 Japan 2-0 Bahrain Toyota
03-03-2010 Hong Kong 0-0 Yemen Hong Kong
Group B P W D L F A Pts
Australia 6 3 2 1 6 4 11
Kuwait 6 2 3 1 6 5 9
Oman 6 2 2 2 4 4 8
Indonesia 6 0 3 3 3 6 3
Group B Fixtures / Results
19-01-2009 Oman 0-0 Indonesia Muscat
28-01-2009 Indonesia 0-0 Australia Jakarta
28-01-2009 Kuwait 0-1 Oman Kuwait City
05-03-2009 Australia 0-1 Kuwait Canberra
14-10-2009 Australia 1-0 Oman Melbourne
14-11-2009 Kuwait 2-1 Indonesia Kuwait City
14-11-2009 Oman 1-2 Australia Muscat
18-11-2009 Indonesia 1-1 Kuwait Jakarta
06-01-2010 Indonesia 1-2 Oman Jakarta
06-01-2010 Kuwait 2-2 Australia Kuwait City
03-03-2010 Australia 1-0 Indonesia Brisbane
03-03-2010 Oman 0-0 Kuwait Muscat
Group C P W D L F A Pts
United Arab Emirates 4 3 0 1 7 1 9
Uzbekistan 4 3 0 1 7 3 9
Malaysia 4 0 0 4 2 12 0
(India withdrew)
Group C Fixtures / Results
21-01-2009 Malaysia 0-5 United Arab Emirates Kuala Lumpur
28-01-2009 United Arab Emirates 0-1 Uzbekistan Sharjah
14-11-2009 Uzbekistan 3-1 Malaysia Tashkent
18-11-2009 Malaysia 1-3 Uzbekistan Kuala Lumpur
06-01-2010 United Arab Emirates 1-0 Malaysia Dubai
03-03-2010 Uzbekistan 0-1 United Arab Emirates Tashkent
Group D P W D L F A Pts
Syria 6 4 2 0 10 2 14
China 6 4 1 1 13 5 13
Vietnam 6 1 2 3 6 11 5
Lebanon 6 0 1 5 2 13 1
Group D Fixtures / Results
14-01-2009 Vietnam 3-1 Lebanon Hanoi
14-01-2009 Syria 3-2 China Aleppo
21-01-2009 China 6-1 Vietnam Hangzhou
28-01-2009 Lebanon 0-2 Syria Saida
14-11-2010 Vietnam 0-1 Syria Hanoi
14-11-2010 Lebanon 0-2 China Beirut
18-11-2010 Syria 0-0 Vietnam Aleppo
22-11-2010 China 1-0 Lebanon Hangzhou
06-01-2010 China 0-0 Syria Hangzhou
06-01-2010 Lebanon 1-1 Vietnam Saida
17-01-2010 Vietnam 1-2 China Hanoi
03-03-2010 Syria 4-0 Lebanon Damascus
Group E P W D L F A Pts
Iran 6 4 1 1 11 2 13
Jordan 6 2 2 2 4 4 8
Thailand 6 1 3 2 3 3 6
Singapore 6 2 0 4 6 15 6
Group E Fixtures / Results
14-01-2009 Iran 6-0 Singapore Tehran
14-01-2009 Jordan 0-0 Thailand Amman
28-01-2009 Singapore 2-1 Jordan Singapore
28-01-2009 Thailand 0-0 Iran Bangkok
14-11-2009 Singapore 1-3 Thailand Singapore
14-11-2009 Iran 1-0 Jordan Tehran
18-11-2009 Thailand 0-1 Singapore Bangkok
22-11-2009 Jordan 1-0 Iran Amman
06-01-2010 Singapore 1-3 Iran Singapore
06-01-2010 Thailand 0-0 Jordan Bangkok
03-03-2010 Iran 1-0 Thailand Tehran
03-03-2010 Jordan 2-1 Singapore Amman
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