FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Iran Pitted against Oman
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran has been pitted against Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam in Group D of the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw.
The draw held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday.
The eight group winners and four best runners-up will have a joint incentive - the 12 teams will not only qualify for the final qualification round of the 2018 World Cup, but they will also be automatically inducted as the qualifying teams, partaking in the AFC Asian Cup, hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in 2019.
The next 16 highest ranked teams will advance to the third round of Asian Cup qualification while the remaining 12 teams enter the play-off round to contest the remaining eight spots. These 24 teams will then be divided into six groups of four to play home-and-away round-robin matches, and compete for the 12 remaining slots for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Draw for round two of AFC qualifying for 2018 World Cup:
Group A: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Timor Leste, Malaysia.
Group B: Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh
Group C: China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan, Hong Kong
Group D: Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam
Group E: Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, Cambodia
Group F: Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei
Group G: Korea Republic, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos
Group H: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, DPR Korea, Yemen