AFC 1990 Qualification

The AFC section of the Italia ’90 qualification consisted of a first round phase and a final round section. Split into six groups, five groups consisting of four teams and one of five, the total of 25 contestants would play out round robin-concepted mini-leagues, where the top placed team would proceed through to the final round. This meant that six teams would ultimately battle it out over two available World Cup slots.

In the final round, those six teams would gather in Singapore, and thus play out the final group stage on neutral ground, with each team facing each other just the once. 

The Maldives had withdrawn even prior to the group stage draws. Following the draw, a further three nations withdrew: Bahrain (Group 2), South Yemen (Group 3) and India (Group 4), leaving a total of 22 teams to battle it out in the first phase. 

This section would commence on 6 January 1989, with the final fixture taking place on 29 July. 

The final qualification stage would be played out over a hectic 16 days period, from October 12-28. 

Results

Group 1

06.01.89: Oman-Iraq 1-1
06.01.89: Qatar-Jordan 1-0
13.01.89: Jordan-Iraq 0-1
13.01.89: Oman-Qatar 0-0
20.01.89: Jordan-Oman 2-0
20.01.89: Qatar-Iraq 1-0
27.01.89: Iraq-Oman 3-1
27.01.89: Jordan-Qatar 1-1
03.02.89: Iraq-Jordan 4-0
03.02.89: Qatar-Oman 3-0
10.02.89: Iraq-Qatar 2-2
10.02.89: Oman-Jordan 0-2

  1. Qatar 6 3 3 0 8-3 9
    ………………………….
  2. Iraq 6 3 2 1 11-5 8
  3. Jordan 6 2 1 3 5-7 5
  4. Oman 6 0 2 4 2-11 2


Group 2

10.03.89: North Yemen-Syria 0-1
15.03.89: Saudi Arabia-Syria 5-4
20.03.89: North Yemen-Saudi Arabia 0-1
25.03.89: Syria-North Yemen 2-0
30.03.89: Syria-Saudi Arabia 0-0
05.04.89: Saudi Arabia-North Yemen 1-0

  1. Saudi Arabia 4 3 1 0 7-4 7
    ……………………………………
  2. Syria 4 2 1 1 7-5 5
  3. North Yemen 4 0 0 4 0-5 0

Group 3

06.01.89: Pakistan-Kuwait 0-1
13.01.89: Kuwait-United Arab Emirates 3-2
20.01.89: United Arab Emirates-Pakistan 5-0
27.01.89: Kuwait-Pakistan 2-0
03.02.89: United Arab Emirates-Kuwait 1-0
10.02.89: Pakistan-United Arab Emirates 1-4

  1. United Arab Emirates 4 3 0 1 12-4 6
    …………………………………………………..
  2. Kuwait 4 3 0 1 6-3 6
  3. Pakistan 4 0 0 4 1-12 0


Group 4

23.05.89: Malaysia-Nepal 2-0
23.05.89: South Korea-Singapore 3-0
25.05.89: Malaysia-Singapore 1-0
25.05.89: South Korea-Nepal 9-0
27.05.89: Nepal-Singapore 0-3
27.05.89: South Korea-Malaysia 3-0
03.06.89: Singapore-Malaysia 2-2
03.06.89: Nepal-South Korea 0-4
05.06.89: Singapore-Nepal 7-0
05.06.89: Malaysia-South Korea 0-3
07.06.89: Nepal-Malaysia 0-3
07.06.89: Singapore-South Korea 0-3

  1. South Korea 6 6 0 0 25-0 12
    ………………………………………..
  2. Malaysia 6 3 1 2 8-8 7
  3. Singapore 6 2 1 3 12-9 5
  4. Nepal 6 0 0 6 0-28 0


Group 5

19.02.89: Thailand-Bangladesh 1-0
23.02.89: China-Bangladesh 2-0
23.02.89: Thailand-Iran 0-3
27.02.89: Bangladesh-Iran 1-2
28.02.89: Thailand-China 0-3
04.03.89: Bangladesh-China 0-2
08.03.89: Bangladesh-Thailand 3-1
17.03.89: Iran-Bangladesh 1-0
30.05.89: Iran-Thailand 3-0
15.07.89: China-Iran 2-0
22.07.89: Iran-China 3-2
29.07.89: China-Thailand 2-0

  1. China 6 5 0 1 13-3 10
    ……………………………..
  2. Iran 6 5 0 1 12-5 10
  3. Bangladesh 6 1 0 5 4-9 2
  4. Thailand 6 1 0 5 2-14 2


Group 6

21.05.89: Indonesia-North Korea 0-0
22.05.89: Hong Kong-Japan 0-0
27.05.89: Hong Kong-North Korea 1-2
28.05.89: Indonesia-Japan 0-0
04.06.89: Hong Kong-Indonesia 1-1
04.06.89: Japan-North Korea 2-1
11.06.89: Japan-Indonesia 5-0
18.06.89: Japan-Hong Kong 0-0
25.06.89: Indonesia-Hong Kong 3-2
25.06.89: North Korea-Japan 2-0
02.07.89: North Korea-Hong Kong 4-1
09.07.89: North Korea-Indonesia 2-1

  1. North Korea 6 4 1 1 11-5 9
    …………………………………….
  2. Japan 6 2 3 1 7-3 7
  3. Indonesia 6 1 3 2 5-10 5
  4. Hong Kong 6 0 3 3 5-10 3

 

Final round

12.10.89: China-Saudi Arabia 2-1
12.10.89: United Arab Emirates-North Korea 0-0
13.10.89: South Korea-Qatar 0-0
16.10.89: Qatar-Saudi Arabia 1-1
16.10.89: South Korea-North Korea 1-0
17.10.89: China-United Arab Emirates 1-2
20.10.89: China-South Korea 0-1
20.10.89: North Korea-Qatar 2-0
21.10.89: Saudi Arabia-United Arab Emirates 0-0
24.10.89: North Korea-China 0-1
24.10.89: United Arab Emirates-Qatar 1-1
25.10.89: Saudi Arabia-South Korea 0-2
28.10.89: Saudi Arabia-North Korea 2-0
28.10.89: United Arab Emirates-South Korea 1-1
28.10.89: Qatar-China 2-1

  1. South Korea 5 3 2 0 5-1 8
  2. United Arab Emirates 5 1 4 0 4-3 6
    …………………………………………………..
  3. Qatar 5 1 3 1 4-5 5
  4. China 5 2 0 3 5-6 4
  5. Saudi Arabia 5 1 2 2 4-5 4
  6. North Korea 5 1 1 3 2-4 3

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