Despite the early qualification of some Asian teams, their ability to negotiate the next stage of FIFA World Cup qualifying is under media scrutiny.
In the first of five reviews of the third stage of Asian qualifying for South Africa 2010, FIFA.com looks back at the drama of Asian Group 1.
Qatar are through to the final round of Asian qualifying
after defeating Iraq in Dubai, while UAE advanced despite losing
3-1 to Syria.
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.
Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Bahrain, Japan, Australia, Iran and Saudi Arabia booked a place in the next phase of qualifying for South Africa 2010.
Iraq kept their South Africa 2010 hopes alive at the expense
of China, who were eliminated from finals contention after a 2-1