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Ten Asian teams qualified from the First Round.

Travel to Bahrain Bahrain (Group 4), Travel to China China (Group 9), Travel to Iran Iran (Group 2), Travel to Iraq Iraq (Group 6), Travel to Oman Oman (Group 1), Travel to Qatar Qatar (Group 3), Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (Group 10), Travel to Thailand Thailand (Group 5), Travel to United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates (Group 8), Travel to Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (Group 7).

Asian Football Confederation - 2nd Round Qualifying Stage

Two groups of five, made up from the ten 1st Round group winners.

The two group winners qualify for the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup Finals.

Group A Fixtures and Final Standings

Group A P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 8 5 2 1 17/8 +9 17
Travel to Iran Iran 8 4 3 1 10/7 +3 15
Travel to Bahrain Bahrain 8 2 4 2 8/9 -1 10
Travel to Iraq Iraq 8 2 1 5 9/10 -1 7
Travel to Thailand Thailand 8 0 4 4 5/15 -10 4

17th August, 2001:
Iraq vs Thailand (4:0)
Saudi Arabia vs Bahrain (1:1)

23rd August, 2001:
Bahrain vs Iraq (2:0)

24th August, 2001:
Iran vs Saudi Arabia (2:0)

31st August, 2001:
Saudi Arabia vs Iraq (1:0)

1st September, 2001:
Thailand vs Iran (0:0)

6th September, 2001:
Bahrain vs Thailand (1:1)

7th September, 2001:
Iraq vs Iran (1:2)

14th September, 2001:
Iran vs Bahrain (0:0)

15th September, 2001:
Thailand vs Saudi Arabia (1:3)

21st September, 2001:
Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia (0:4)

22nd September, 2001:
Thailand vs Iraq (1:1)

28th September, 2001:
Iraq vs Bahrain (1:0)
Saudi Arabia vs Iran (2:2)

5th October, 2001:
Iran vs Thailand (1:0)
Iraq vs Saudi Arabia (1:2)

12th October, 2001:
Iran vs Iraq (2:1)

16th October, 2001:
Thailand vs Bahrain (1:1)

21st October, 2001:
Bahrain vs Iran (3:1)
Saudi Arabia vs Thailand (4:1)

Group B Fixtures and Final Standings

Group B P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to China China 8 6 1 1 13/2 +11 19
Travel to United Arab Emirates UAE 8 3 2 3 10/11 -1 11
Travel to Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 8 3 1 4 13/14 -1 10
Travel to Qatar Qatar 8 2 3 3 10/10 -- 9
Travel to Oman Oman 8 1 3 4 7/16 -9 6

16th August, 2001:
Qatar vs Oman (0:0)

17th August, 2001:
United Arab Emirates vs Uzbekistan (4:1)

25th August, 2001:
China vs United Arab Emirates (3:0)

26th August, 2001:
Uzbekistan vs Qatar (2:1)

31st August, 2001:
Oman vs China (0:2)
United Arab Emirates vs Qatar (0:2)

7th September, 2001:
Qatar vs China (1:1)

8th September, 2001:
Uzbekistan vs Oman (5:0)

14th September, 2001:
Oman vs United Arab Emirates (1:1)

15th September, 2001:
China vs Uzbekistan (2:0)

21st September, 2001:
Oman vs Qatar (0:3)

22nd September, 2001:
Uzbekistan vs United Arab Emirates (0:1)

27th September, 2001:
United Arab Emirates vs China (0:1)

28th September, 2001:
Qatar vs Uzbekistan (2:2)

4th October, 2001:
Qatar vs United Arab Emirates (1:2)

7th October, 2001:
China vs Oman (1:0)

13th October, 2001:
China vs Qatar (3:0)
Oman vs Uzbekistan (4:2)

19th October, 2001:
United Arab Emirates vs Oman (2:2)
Uzbekistan vs China (1:0)

Asian Qualifying - Play-Offs

The two runners-up played each other home and away for the chance of another play-off, against the European Group 2 runner-up.

25th October, 2001:
Travel to Iran Iran vs UAE (1:0)

31st October, 2001:
Travel to United Arab Emirates UAE vs Iran (0:3)

Asia vs Europe

Iran met Ireland to decide who qualified for the 2202 World Cup Finals.

Saturday, November 10th:
Travel to Ireland Ireland 2 - Iran 0
1:0 (Ian Harte 45pen)
2:0 (Robbie Keane 51)

Thursday, November 15th:
Travel to Iran Iran 1 - Ireland 0
1:0 (Yaha Golmohammadi)

Ireland won (2:1) on aggregate.

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