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Asian Games - Football Draw

From http://www.footballasia.com
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Defending champions Iran will kick off their 14th Asian Games football campaign on September 28 by playing Mongolia in their opening match at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium, which hosted three matches at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002.

At the draw ceremony on Tuesday which was conducted by AFC General Secretary Dato' Peter Velappan at the Lotte Hotel in Busan, Iran were put together in Groupe E with Qatar, Lebanon and Mongolia.

World Cup semi-finalists and hosts Korea Republic will play Maldives in their opening Group A match in Busan on September 27.

Based on current performance and home ground advantage, the Koreans will start off as one of the favourites to win the gold medal. Besides Maldives, Oman and Malaysia complete Group A.

Japan, Asia's other World Cup representatives to make it past the group stages, will meet Jordan, in their first match in Group D. Uzbekistan and Bahrain round off the group.

China, who made a winless World Cup debut, is grouped with Turkmenistan, India and Bangladesh in Group C.

Kuwait, who clinched the silver medal at the last Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998, will be up against Tajikstan, Hong Kong and Pakistan in their preliminary Group F matches.

United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Yemen and Vietnam make up Group B in the six-group 24-team football tournament.

The respective group winners and the two best runners-up will clash in the quarter-finals of the Under-23 event where each team is allowed to register three over-aged players.

In the women's tournament, defending champions China face Taiwan in their opening match in Busan on October 2, while hosts Korea Republic clash with Vietnam in Changwon.

With only five teams participating in the women's event, the mode of competition is a one round league format where the top three teams will claim the gold, silver and bronze medals.

Men's draw
Group A: South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman
Group B: United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Thailand
Group C: China, India, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan
Group D: Japan, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Jordan
Group E: Iran, Qatar, Lebanon, Mongolia
Group F: Kuwait, Tajikistan, Hong Kong, Pakistan
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I hope Bahrain at least finish 2nd in their group, and hopefully qualify to the next round as one of the 2 best runner-ups :hopefull:
 

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Jordan in our group? that's nice, Assassin you better be ready! :fero::D Though I think Japan will tear us apart :cry:

Seriously though, I would've prefered us to be in a roup like B or F but oh well...

Btw, why aren't Saudi in?
 

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what is the rule for qualifying those teams to this tournmant...!!!!!!
and where is KSA and Palestine
 

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MoMo said:
Btw, why aren't Saudi in?
They didn't participate in the 98 games citing the need to prepare for the country's centenary celebrations, but I have no idea why they are not participating this year.

I don't know palestine are not in the Football competition, but I am pretty sure they have some participants in other sport events of the Asian games :)
 

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MoMo and JLP will kick your asses :fero::D

The team that ganna play in the Asian games have beaten Qatar in their 1st freindly game before a couple of months in the time that Qatar were preparing since a year then.

So you better book the return to Bahrian tickets NOW. :D
 

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how much the Ticket cost? :D:D ;)
 

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Jose luis pirri said:
Group F: Kuwait, Tajikistan, Hong Kong, Pakistan
Hopefully we would only lose the game against Kuwait... :hopefull:

Bring them on!! :fero: :D
 

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Shanie said:

Hopefully we would only lose the game against Kuwait... :hopefull:

Bring them on!! :fero: :D
as u said ur lose against Kuwait is sure...
and in my opinion iam sure that u will win both other two games. ;)
 

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Well the football matches start today :)

Here are the groups again:

Group A: South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman
Group B: United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Thailand
Group C: China, India, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan
Group D: Japan, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Palestine
Group E: Iran, Qatar, Lebanon, Mongolia
Group F: Kuwait, North Korea, Hong Kong, Pakistan

As you can see Palestine replaced Jordan, and North Korea replaced Tajikistan.

Today's matches:

South Korea vs. Maldives
Oman vs. Malaysia
United Arab Emirates vs. Vietnam
Yemen vs. Thailand
Turkmenistan vs. China
India vs. Bangladesh

Good luck to the Arab teams :)
 

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1st day results:

South Korea vs. Maldives 4:0
Oman vs. Malaysia 1:0
United Arab Emirates vs. Vietnam 0:0
Yemen vs. Thailand 0:3
Turkmenistan vs. China 0:4
India vs. Bangladesh 3:0
 

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Match reports concerning the Arab teams from footballaisa.com:

Thais blank Yemen in Asiad opener

Kiatisuk Senamuang scored in the 41st minute and Thailand went on to blank Yemen 3-0 here Friday in an opening-round Asian Games football match.

The Thai captain, known as the "Thai Zico", went head over heels with joy after the goal, which ended a series of frustrating failures against the counter-attacking Yemeni defense in the Group B encounter.

Narongchai Vachiraban added a goal in the 58th minute and Manit Noyvach followed with the final tally in the 66th.

The victory, coupled with Vietnam's goal-less draw with the United Arab Emirates, left the Thai squad alone atop Group B after the debut matches two days before the opening ceremonies of the 14th Asian multi-sport festival.

Kiatisuk blasted a right-footed shot past Yemeni netminder Faozi Abdullah Ba Muhid, then ran to the middle of the field and executed a perfect flip before being hugged by his teammates.

The Thai star, who had been given a yellow card in the 33rd minute, had another breakaway in the 43rd minute wiped out by an offside call.

Narongchai curled a shot into the right side of the net 13 minutes into the second half and Manit followed with a right-footed blast off a pass from Narongchai to complete a 3-on-2 breakaway situation.

Former England international Peter Withe, the Thai coach, had to be happy with his charges' performance, as Yemen rarely threatened in the second half.

Rain pelted the other Group B matchup, which produced few good scoring opportunities and ended with the Vietnamese jumping for joy at holding the Arabian side to a draw.

Vietnamese goalkeeper Nguyen Then Anh denied United Arab Emirates forward Saeed Hassan Al Kas twice in a goal-less first half.

The goalkeeper fisted away a header off a free kick in the 24th minute and answered again on a hard kick from Al Kas in injury time.

Malaysia were sunk 1-0 by a 63rd-minute goal scored by Oman's Taki Mubarak Al-Siyabi in a stormy game that saw both sides finish with 10 men.
 

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Jordan withdrew from the tournament one month ago, Palestine replaced them.

Day 2 Matches:

Palestine vs. Japan
Uzbekistan vs. Bahrain
Afghanistan vs. Iran
Qatar vs. Lebanon
Hong Kong vs. North Korea
Kuwait vs. Pakistan
 

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Bahrain's probable lineup for the match against Uzbekistan:

Abdulrahman Abdulkareem; Salman Issa, Abdulaziz Al Dosari, Mohammed Hussain, Faisal Abdulaziz; Mahmoud Jalal, Ahmed Hassaan, Rashid Al Dosari; Hussain Ali, Mohammed Jaffar

Yalla Bahrain! :cool:
 

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Kuwait 6-0 pakistan
Bashar hat trick
Abdullah Nahar 1 goal
Hamad al Tayar 1 goal
Khalid Abdulqadoos

Kuwait could win more than 6-0
But they played bad SERIOUSLY



Waleed ali was awesome!
Ga3d ay3dy mn 4 players oo many many many !
ms'7rhom
 

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Day 2 Results:

Palestine vs. Japan 0:2
Uzbekistan vs. Bahrain 0:3 :happy: :proud:
Afghanistan vs. Iran 0:10
Qatar vs. Lebanon 1:1
Hong Kong vs. North Korea 1:2
Kuwait vs. Pakistan 6:0
 

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Bahrain off to winning start

Bahrain got their Asian Games football campaign off to a flying start here on Saturday with an impressive 3-0 win over Uzbekistan in Group D.

The victory, which could have been achieved with a greater margin had the Bahrainis been more accurate in their finishing, confirmed the Gulf state's improvement over the last two years.

During the last World Cup qualifying campaign, they defeated Iran and also drew in Saudi Arabia in the Asian quualifiers before their hopes finally ran out of steam.

On Saturday, they dominated from the start of the game and took the lead after 14 minutes through Sayed Jalal and from that moment on the result was never in doubt.

With Mohamed Salmeen bossing the midfield, the Uzbeks had little to time to hit back and after 33 minutes they were 2-0 down when Salmeen put Hussain Ali Ahmed in the clear to score past goalkeeper Mamur Ikramov.

Eight minutes after the break, Bahrain scored their third when Hassan Taleb slotted the ball beneath Ikramov.

They could have had more goals to their name and they may be left to rue this misses when the group is decided especially as they have one of the favourites Japan in the same section.

Mohamed Alzain hit wide while Mohamed Hussein saw a close range header saved but it was Hussain Ali Ahmed who really should have added to the scoreline.

With the Uzbek defence caught square, Ahmed took the ball around the goalkeeper but only managed to slice his shot wide of the post.

Uzbekistan, who let themselves down by their inability to cut out Bahrain's attacks down the flanks, had two opportunities to reduce the deficit in the second half.

First, Vadim Kotelnikov hit a shot over the crossbar while in the dying moments Ilkhom Muminjanov wasted a golden opportunity when he screwed a shot wide of the post with Bahrain goalkeeper Kharem Rahman stranded.

Source: footballasia.com
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Japan made to struggle for 2-0 win over Palestinians

Japan's inexperienced squad struggled against unfancied Palestine before securing a 2-0 victory in their opening football match at the Asian Games here Saturday.

Urawa Red striker Tatsuya Tanaka opened the scoring in the 66th minute after gathering a pass from Yo****o Okubo who had fluffed a penalty kick only a minute earlier.

Japan's second goal came through Cerezo Osaka defender Yuichi Nemoto in the 79th minute when he picked up a rebound just inside the right side of the penalty area and flicked his finish past Palestine 'keeper Ramzi Saleh.

Japan have picked a young squad for this tournament - which is restricted to Under-23 teams - with most of their members all under 21 as they build towards the 2004 Olympics.

For much of the first half their inexperience showed as they failed to knit together in defence and looked unimpressive in attack.

Their best chances came on 16 minutes, when a freekick from Hiroshima midfielder Kazuyuki Morisaki was punched away by Saleh.

Gamba Osaka striker Satoshi Nakayama also tested Saleh, dribbling up the right flank only to see his left-foot shot held by the Palestinian keeper.

Meanwhile Palestine, third in the Arab Games in 1999, could only manage one shot on goal in the first half, lacking their best strikers Ziad El-Kurd and Fady Lafy due to club commitments in Jordan.

On the heels of their 5-0 friendly away defeat against Thailand a week ago, the Arab side found difficulty retaining possession long enough to threaten the Japanese goal.

In the 51st minute, a free-kick from Saeb Jendeya flew yards over the bar.

Japan, still smarting from their 1-0 under-21 away loss to China last month and a 0-7 drubbing at the hands of J-League powerhouse Jubilo Iwata, stepped up the pressure in the second half.

Tanaka was pulled down by Saleh as he forged ahead from the left on 64 minutes for the penalty shot which was squandered by Okubo before Tanaka and Nemoto made the game safe.

Source: footballasia.com
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Al-Jamal is Lebanon's late saviour

Nasrat Al-Jamal scored with just two minutes remaining to give Lebanon a deserved point in a 1-1 draw against Qatar in Group E of the Asian Games football tournament here on Saturday.

Careless defending by the Gulf side proved their undoing when they failed to clear their lines and after his first shot was charged down, Al-Jamal seized his chance to bury the ball via a deflection past Salman Al-Ansari in the Qatar goal.

Until that point, it had seemed that Qatar's first-half goal would be enough to give them the three points and a vital boost in their hopes of qualifying from a group which also includes Iran who had earlier demolished Afghanistan 10-0.

Mohamed Al-Blooshi was on target for Qatar when he headed in from an acute angle from a left-wing cross.

Before that it had been Lebanon who looked the most likely to score with Bilal Hajo and Abbas Atwi both coming close to finding the net but shot wide while Heitham Zein got behind the flat-footed defence but fell to the ground as he was about to shoot.

After the interval, Lebanon continued to press with Atwi again going close before the best opportunity fell to Al-Jamal who watched as his right-footed curler came crashing back off the Qatari woodwork.

But his disappointment at that miss was quickly erased as he hit the late leveller to give his side a point.

Source: footballasia.com
 
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