Iran's failure to qualify for South Africa 2010 was arguably the biggest shock on the Asian continent with Team Melli facing a period of rebuilding.
Korea DPR's historic FIFA World Cup qualification and Iran's surprise failure to reach the world stage has been the focus in Asian media this week.
Asian FIFA World Cup qualifying featured countless tight matches. FIFA.com looks at ten pivotal moments that ultimately shaped the campaign.
Korea DPR reached next year's FIFA World Cup as Iran's hopes ended, while Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will meet for the right to face New Zealand.
The final day of FIFA World Cup qualifying in Asia sees five nations in competition to keep alive their dream of a ticket to South Africa 2010.
Australia, Japan and Korea Republic all received widespread praise in local media after qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.