Asia's FIFA World Cup preliminaries have been decided,
with the continent's big five set to start with home fixtures
against the groups' underdogs.
The Asian confederation has produced more than its fair share of joy and drama in FIFA World Cup qualifying down through the years.
Despite some courageous underdog attempts, the favourites all completed aggregate wins to clear the first hurdle in the race to South Africa 2010.
Thailand, Singapore and a west Asian trio were among the biggest winners as Asia's FIFA World Cup hopefuls set out on the road to South Africa.
From 8 October, the Asian Zone preliminary round first-leg qualifiers for the South Africa 2010 will kick off in the world's biggest continent.