World Cup qualifiers

Australia 0 – China 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 22, 2008) Sun Xiang scored a superb goal in the 12th minute to provide the Chinese with their first win in Group A and hand the Australians their first home defeat in a World Cup qualifier for 27 years. The result was immaterial, with a second-string Australia already qualified, and China already out.

Japan 1 – Bahrain 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 22, 2008) Japan should have scored early on, but Shunsuke Nakamura had an early penalty saved and while Honda missed an open goal moments before the break, after Endo’s free kick had hit the crossbar. The winner, which arrived in the 89th minute however was a freak goal, Uchida’s harmless-looking header back to his goalkeeper bounced over the intended target and into the net.

Iran 2 – Kuwait 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 22, 2008) Javad Nekounam, the Iran captain, gave his team the lead with a brilliant shot from outside the area in the 17th minute, and Gholamreza Rezai secured the win with a close-range shot in injury time after the Kuwaiti defenders gifted him the ball.

Iraq 0 – Qatar 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 22, 2008) Asian champions Iraq were eliminated from World Cup qualification. Sayd Ali Bechir scored the crucial Qatari goal in the 77th minute, heading in a cross from Abdulrahman.

UAE 1 – Syria 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 22, 2008)

Jordan 2 – Turkmenistan 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 22, 2008) Abdel Mahmoud gave Jordan the lead in the 66th minute, and

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