East Asian sides clash, first take on last in WCQ Asia matchday six

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Coincidentally, all six of the top-three teams in Groups A and B of the qualifiers will play away to a bottom-three side in this round.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Matchday six of the Asia 2018 World Cup qualification will take place this week on Thursday and Friday, with six matches taking place altogether in Groups A and B.

Coincidentally, all six of the top-three teams in both groups will play away to a bottom-three side in this round.

In Group A, first-placed Iran (11 points) will play away to fifth-placed Qatar (5 points) at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, in the only Asia WCQ round six match to be played on Friday. On Thursday, second-placed Korea Republic (10 points) will visit the Changsha Helong Sports Center to take on bottom-placed China (2 points), while third-placed Uzbekistan (9 points) will play fourth-placed Syria (5 points) at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Melaka, Malaysia.

And in Group B, group leaders Saudi Arabia (10 points) will play bottom-placed Thailand (1 point) at the Rajamangala Stadium, second-placed Japan (10 points) will take on hosts UAE, currently in fourth with nine points, at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. Third-placed Australia (9 points) meanwhile will face fifth-placed Iraq (3 points) at the PAS Stadium, Tehran.

Check out the fixtures list and the group tables.

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