Thursday, March 15, 2007

Asian qualifiers for Olympic Football Tournament

Wednesday's second round Asian qualifiers for the Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 saw four teams, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia, top their Groups with six points. In Group A Kuwait beat Bahrain 3-0; and Qatar beat hosts Pakistan 2-0. In Group B, Japan beat hosts Malaysia 2-1; and Syria beat hosts Hong Kong 2-0. In Group C, Vietnam beat hosts Indonesia 1-0 at the Mattoangin Stadium in Makassar; and Lebanon beat Oman 1-0. In Group D, Saudi Arabia beat Iran 1-0; and Australia drew with Jordan 1-1 at the Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide. In Group E, Asian top-seed Iraq drew 2-2 with North Korea in Pyongyang; and Thailand beat hosts India 1-0. In Group F, South Korea beat hosts UAE 3-1; and Uzbekistan beat hosts Yemen 1-0.

Match Day 3 will be played on 28 March. The top two teams from the six groups will progress to the third and final stage of qualifying, where 12 nations will be split into three groups. The third stage will be held from August 22 - November 21, with only the three group winners representing Asia at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Group A: 1. Kuwait 4, 2. Qatar 4, 3. Bahrain 3, 4. Pakistan 0
Group B: 1. Japan 6, Syria 6, 3. Malaysia 0, 4. Hong Kong 0
Group C: 1. Vietnam 6, 2. Oman 3, Lebanon 3, Indonesia 0
Group D: 1. Saudi Arabia 6, 2. Australia 2, 3. Jordan 1, 4. Iran 1
Group E: 1. Iraq 4, 2. DPR Korea 4, 3. Thailand 3, 4. India 0
Group F: 1. Korea Republic 6, 2. Uzbekistan 6, 3. Yemen 0, 4. UAE 0

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