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.
Australia, Japan and Korea Republic all received widespread praise in local media after qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
An eventful day of action in the Asian Zone witnessed Qatar crash out of contention and fresh twists in the race to qualify for South Africa 2010.
Iran stayed in contention for a place at South Africa 2010 with a slender win over United Arab Emirates, courtesy of an Ali Karimi wonder goal.