Saudi hopes of a fifth consecutive finals appearance were dashed by Bahrain in a dramatic play-off. FIFA.com takes a closer look.
Bahrain coach Milan Macala has called for one last push from his players as they moved a step closer to a place at next year's FIFA World Cup.
Bahrain reached a play-off with New Zealand after Ismail Abdullatif's late equaliser earned them a 2-2 draw in Saudi Arabia and victory on away goals.
The outcome of Saudi Arabia's meeting with Bahrain will decide who meets New Zealand in an inter-confederation play-off for South Africa 2010.
Bahrain kept their South Africa 2010 hopes alive by holding Saudi Arabia in the first-leg of the Asian Zone play-off but now face a difficult task in Riyadh.
FIFA.com spoke with the Bahraini midfielder Mahmood Abdulrahman about his country's aspirations to reach South Africa 2010.