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Post by Duzza on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:45 am

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Post by Duzza on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:48 am

Round Three





Matchday three of Asia's third round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™ was a mixed bag for the continent's top five teams, who all featured at the finals in Germany in 2006.

Slow starters Australia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, bounced back to win their crucial tests while Korea Republic and Iran were left ruing missed chances, dropping points at home against Jordan and the United Arab Emirates respectively.

Although the "big five" may have kept their campaigns on track, either with victories or draws, it was a pair of Asia's second-tier outfits who stole the show, with Uzbekistan and Bahrain remaining the only two teams with perfect records at the halfway mark in Asia.

In an open contest in Singapore, Uzbekistan - who stunned Saudi Arabia 3-0 in the last match - continued their flying form with a 7-3 win over their hosts in what was the biggest margin of victory for the round. Cheered on by a raucous home crowd, the Lions twice came from behind to level the score at 2-2 before the visitors grabbed three goals in the space of ten minutes to put the result beyond doubt. Server Djeparov bagged a brace before Vitaliy Denisov laid claim to a fourth goal. Aziz Ibragimov put the icing on the cake in the second half and Maksim Shatskikh sealed the triumph with just two minutes to go.

The win saw coach Rauf Inileyev's Uzbeks keep hold of first place in Group 4 despite Saudi Arabia's 4-1 over Lebanon in the other match. Topping the group with nine points from three games, a home win against Singapore in the return leg on 7 June will seal their place in the last ten with two games to spare.

Like Uzbekistan, Bahrain are also on the verge of booking early passage from Group 2 after beating hosts Thailand 3-2 in Bangkok, a result which kept intact their three-point lead over Japan, who thrashed Oman 3-0 at home. Coach Milan Macala's side now play host to Thailand in five days, and a win in Manama will all but see Bahrain through.

Aussies win
Coach Pim Verbeek's Australia are now the only team from the so-called "big five" to to have opened up an impressive lead in their group, thanks to a 1-0 win over Iraq in which captain Harry Kewell headed home a Brett Emerton cross two minutes after the interval. With hosts Qatar and China sharing the spoils after a goalless draw in the other match, the Socceroos further cemented pole position in Group 1. A win against Iraq in the next fixture will essentially send them through.

Elsewhere, Ali Daei's Iran failed to exorcise their demons after being held to a goalless draw in Tehran by a resilient UAE side. The draw leaves Iran without a win in ten months, and puts added pressure on Team Melli to find their first win in Group 5 when they travel to Al Ain for the return match against UAE this Saturday.

Contrasting the poor performances of the three-time Asian champions, the group's surprise packages Syria carved out a 1-0 win against Kuwait to move up to second place, behind UAE only on goal difference. With two games remaining and all four teams still with hopes of moving on, the competition for the group's top two spots is wide open.

Also appearing tricky and tight is group 3, where joint leaders Korea Republic and Korea DPR remain on top after managing no more than a point each against their respective rivals. The North Koreans failed to breach the rearguard of a determined Turkmenistan in a 0-0 draw, while in the earliest match, played on 31 May, coach Huh Jung-Moo's Korea Republic, despite gaining a two-goal lead in the opening half against Jordan, were punished for their complacency late in the second half when Hasan Abdel Mahmoud scored twice within eight minutes to force a 2-2 draw.

Asian Zone, Round 3, Matchday 3 results:
31 May
Korea Republic 2-2 Jordan

1 June
Australia 1-0 Iraq

2 June
Japan 3-0 Oman
Thailand 2-3 Bahrain
Singapore 3-7 Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan 0-0 Korea DPR
Iran 0-0 United Arab Emirates
Qatar 0-0 China PR
Syria 1-0 Kuwait
Saudi Arabia 4-1 Lebanon
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Post by Ferreira86 on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:52 am

i will try post highlights once my net speeds up lol.
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Post by Ferreira86 on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:54 am

uzbekistan has been the surprise so far. while not a bad team they seem to have improved alot recently and could cause problems for whoever they face espically in the next group stages. must be all those russians that i playing for them.
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Post by nobby on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:55 am

Someone post up the groups?

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Post by Duzza on Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:14 am

Round 3 Tables

Group A
Team Played Won Draw Lost Scored Against Points
Australia 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
Qatar 3 1 1 1 2 3 4
China 3 0 3 0 1 1 3
Iraq 3 0 1 2 1 4 1

Group B
Team Played Won Draw Lost Scored Against Points
Bahrain 3 3 0 0 5 2 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 7 2 6
Oman 3 1 0 2 1 4 3
Thailand 3 0 0 3 3 8 0

Group C
Team Played Won Draw Lost Scored Against Points
Korea Republic 3 1 2 0 6 2 5
Korea DPR 3 1 2 0 1 0 5
Jordan 3 1 1 1 4 3 4
Turkmenistan 3 0 1 2 0 6 1

Group D
Team Played Won Draw Lost Scored Against Points
Uzbekistan 3 3 0 0 11 3 9
Saudi Arabia 3 2 0 1 6 4 6
Singapore 3 1 0 2 5 9 3
Lebanon 3 0 0 3 1 7 0

Group E
Team Played Won Draw Lost Scored Against Points
United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 3 1 5
Syria 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Iran 3 0 3 0 2 2 3
Kuwait 3 0 1 2 2 5 1
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Post by nobby on Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:18 am

Fucking hell, Bahrain aren't doing to badly, top, and unbeaten in 3 and beating Japan along the way.

Uzbekistan also aren't doing too badly.

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Post by Ferreira86 on Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:19 am

1 win away from going to the next round.


btw for those that don't know the top 2 from each group go to the next group stage. it consists of 2 groups with the top 2 of those going straight to the world cup while the 3rd place teams play each other for the right to vs the ociana winner(which will most likely be new zealand) for the last world cup spot.






btw how do you save tables from sites like that. i can never do it.
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Post by Ferreira86 on Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:20 am

yeah bahrain are a strong team in asain. just missed out on the previous world cup so expect them t be even more hungry this time round.
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Post by Ferreira86 on Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:28 am

korea v jordan




australia v iraq

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Iraq bounced back from their troubled FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, beating Australia 1-0 in hot and humid Dubai on Saturday.

A magical effort from Emad Mohamed from 30 yards gave the Iraqis the much-needed boost they were looking for to resurrect their fortunes after two defeats and one draw that had condemned them to the bottom of Group 1.

Mohamed's tantalising 28th minute chip dipped into the goal with Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer unable to anticipate its trajectory properly to give Adnan Hamad's Iraqis three points that took their tally to four.

Qatar and Australia are on top of the points table with seven each, while China are scraping the barrel on three after suffering a shocking defeat at home to Qatar on Saturday.

The Iraqis, who are based in Dubai because of the troubled situation back home, were never short of support in Dubai with thousands of expatriate workers thronging the stadium to cheer their heroes.

Australia hardly made any impression in the first half. Iraqi striker Younes Mahmood was a constant threat to the Aussie defence and Schwarzer was called into action several times before Mohamed's decisive strike.

Australia staged many moves but were unable to get even a single shot on the Iraqi goal in the first half as goalkeeper Noor Sabri was almost reduced to a spectator.

More of the same after the interval
Iraq continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and Schwarzer had to again come to Australia's rescue forcing a corner after foiling Nashat Akram in the 51st minute. In the 57th minute Jason Culina failed to trouble Sabri after a neat one-two with Brett Holman.

However, Sabri had to be at his best on the hour when Aussie skipper Harry Kewell neatly back-heeled to Holman whose cracking shot was saved by the Iraqi goalkeeper.

The only changes to the Socceroos starting line-up from last week against Iraq in Brisbane were Chris Coyne and Carl Valeri coming in for Scott McDonald and Mark Bresciano.

Australia had several half chances in the final stages but they failed to take advantage, with Sabri in the goal playing a vital part.

Iraq, the AFC Asian Cup champions, now have two matches remaining, against Qatar and China and victory against both could yet fetch them a spot in the next qualifying phase.


c'mon Iraq.. you can do it! uplifting and uniting their whole country through football, its a beautiful thing!
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Post by Ferreira86 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:26 am

that was utter bullshit. we out played those fuckers and they score (while a beuty) fluke goal when he was really trying to cross it to the far post.
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Post by Ferreira86 on Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:58 pm

australia v qatar starting now. f**k yeah come on australia.
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Post by Ferreira86 on Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:59 pm

just announced on the tv 2 scouts from spain are at the game and 1 of them is from valencia to watch harry kewell. good i would love kewell to go there.
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Post by Ferreira86 on Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:23 pm

goal australia baby 1-0 brett emerton. great fake by kewell lol. tounge
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Post by Ferreira86 on Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:17 am

australia win baby. kewell rocked. got on the scoresheet andshould have had 2 but the ref wroungly disallowed it.

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Post by nobby on Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:55 pm

Least Harry has still got it.....


....against w**k opposition tounge

hahaha

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Post by Ferreira86 on Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:44 pm

f u. his been playing very well lately. and i hope he does make the move to spain. would be better for his body.
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