In the first of the day's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa qualifiers in Asia, Australia left it late to defeat Bahrain 1-0 in Manama.

Despite having stars such as Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell and Joshua Kennedy in their ranks, it seemed as though Australia would have to settle for a point against a spirited Bahrain side.

However in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Marco Bresciano popped up to score a winner, extending the Aussie's lead at the top of Group 1 and keeping up their 100 per cent record.

In contrast, Bahrain have just got one point to show from their three games.

Karim Bagheri's 81st minute leveller gave Iran a point in the United Arab Emirates.

In the 20th minute Abdulraheem Jumaa gave the home side the lead in Dubai, but Bagheri's goal was enough to take Iran, temporarily at least, to the top of the Group 2 standings.

In contrast, it was the UAE's first point after four matches.

Japan kept up the pressure on Australia at the top of Group 1 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Qatar in Doha.

First half goals from Tatsuya Tanaka and Keiji Tamada set Japan on their way, before Marcus Tulio Tanaka added further misery 22 minutes from time.

Two late goals gave Korea Republic the points in Saudi Arabia, with Lee Keun Ho and Park Chu Young on the scoresheet. Lee Woon Jae kept a clean sheet on his recall.

Bahrain 0-1 Australia
United Arab Emirates 1-1 Iran
Qatar 0-3 Japan
Saudi Arabia 0-2 Korea Republic