In Group 5 of the third round of Asian qualifying for South Africa 2010, regional giants Iran started slowly but finished in imperious fashion.
Despite the early qualification of some Asian teams, their ability to negotiate the next stage of FIFA World Cup qualifying is under media scrutiny.
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.
On Matchday 5 of the third round of AFC qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, several teams are on the verge of qualifying for the final round.