The focus in Asia will be on the battle between four sides - Iraq, Qatar in Dubai, UAE and Syria - for two places in the next round of qualifiers.
Some teams earned praise, others came in for criticism. FIFA.com looks at the local media's reaction to the latest set of Asian Zone qualifiers.
Prospective fathers Lucas Neill and Josh Kennedy may play a role in Australia's two qualifiers against Iraq and Qatar later this month.
Harry Kewell scored another big-match goal to unlock Iraq and edge Australia closer to the final phase of Asian qualifying for South Africa 2010.