2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA™ - KIWIS ASIAN RIVALS UNDERWAY

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2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA™ - KIWIS ASIAN RIVALS UNDERWAY

Thursday, 11 September 08, 04:47 PM

As New Zealand enjoyed lifting its fourth Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup title amid scenes of joy at North Harbour Stadium last night, its rivals in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) embarked upon their own journey toward the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
www.oceaniafootball.com and www.fifa.com is pleased to bring you a round-up of the action from last night's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Asian Qualifiers as we cast an eye over OFC's potential rivals for a playoff spot just over a year from now.
Australia underlined their status as Asia's top seeds by overcoming hosts Uzbekistan by a single goal in Tashkent, while Saudi Arabia came from a goal down to edge out the United Arab Emirates.
At the same time, honours were even in the other two matches on Asia's Matchday 2 of the final qualifying round for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, with the Korean and Gulf derbies both finishing 1-1. Unfancied Qatar remain top of Group A with four points from two matches, while Korea DPR stand atop Group B along with Saudi Arabia.

Uzbekistan 0-1 Australia
Goals: Scott Chipperfield (26')
There was certainly plenty of pressure on top seeds Australia as they met Uzbekistan in Tashkent, in their first-ever visit to central Asia.
The home team went into the contest desperate for a win after their disastrous 3-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar, but it was coach Pim Verbeek's visitors who scored the only goal of the game, to get their qualifying campaign off to a flying start.
Spurred on by fanatical home support at the Pakhtakor Stadium, coach Rauf Inileyev charges pressed forward from the outset.
However, the Socceroos had the first chance to open the scoring after 17 minutes, when Brett Emerton flashed a shot just over the bar.
Only nine minutes later, Verbeek's side broke the deadlock, Luke Wilkshire crossing perfectly for an unmarked Scott Chipperfield, who popped up to head past Uzbekistan keeper Ignatiy Nesterov.
The Central Asians piled on could have levelled when Ulugbek Bakaev latched onto Server Djeparov's cross; his header flew past Mark Schwarzer, but was blocked by Brett Emerton on the goal-line. The hosts had the lion's share of possession in the second half and they did produce chances to equalize, but their profligacy in front of goal doomed them to defeat.

Qatar 1-1 Bahrain
Goals: Qatar: Sebastian Quintana (5'). Bahrain: Abdulla Fatadi (66')
Coach Jorge Fossati's Qatar continued their impressive start to the campaign, drawing 1-1 against Bahrain. The result, coupled with their 3-0 trouncing of Uzbekistan on the opening matchday, saw the tiny Gulf state leading Group A after the opening two games. Playing at home in Doha, Qatar got off to a dream start when their Uruguayan-born striker Sebastian Quintana opened the scoring after only 5 minutes. Bahrain, who lost 3-2 to Japan in the opener, had Abdulla Fatadi to thank as the midfielder equalized midway through the second half, to keep Milan Macala's men in the hunt.

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ASIAN FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION (AFC)
2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICATM ASIAN QUALIFIERS
GROUP A
DATE MATCH RESULT
06.09.08 Bahrain vs. Japan 2-3
06.09.08 Qatar vs. Uzbekistan 3-0
10.09.08 Uzbekistan vs. Australia 0-1
10.09.08 Qatar vs. Bahrain 1-1
GROUP A - Standings

 

PL

W

D

L

GF

GA

PTS

GD

1.

Qatar

2

1

1

0

4

1

4

+3

2.

Japan

1

1

0

0

3

2

3

+1

3.

Australia

1

1

0

0

1

0

3

+1

4.

Bahrain

2

0

1

1

3

4

1

-1

5.

Uzbekistan

2

0

0

2

0

4

0

-4

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