The final stage of the qualifiers in Asia are set to begin on September 2.

Asia’s best learnt of their opponents following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Final Round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday. The 12 teams were drawn into two groups with Japan, the continent’s top team in the FIFA World Ranking, drawn in Group B while second-ranked Islamic Republic of Iran were drawn in Group A.

Iran, with five previous appearances at the global showpiece, will have Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon for company in Group A. Japan, seeking a seventh consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals, were joined in Group B by Australia, Saudi Arabia, China PR, Oman and Vietnam.

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Group A consists of Iran, South Korea, UAE, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Both groups promise to be sizzling affairs with Iran having to contend with a Korea Republic side seeking an 11th appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals. UAE and Iraq have made the Finals once each while Syria and Lebanon will be seeking maiden appearances.

Group B promises to be equally thrilling with Australia and Saudi Arabia both having made the Finals five times previously and China once. Oman and Vietnam have never qualified for the global showpiece.

The respective group winners and runners-up at the FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Final Round will seal their places for the global showpiece, while the third-placed teams will advance to the Asian playoff to determine the side that will advance to the intercontinental playoff.

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Group B consists of Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman and Vietnam

Here are the fixtures for the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar:

Day/DateTeam 1Team 2Kick-OffVenue
September 2, 2021IranvsSyriaTBCTBC
Korea RepublicvsIraqTBCTBC
September 7, 2021SyriavsUAETBCTBC
LebanonvsKorea RepublicTBCTBC
October 7, 2021UAEvsIranTBCTBC
Korea RepublicvsSyriaTBCTBC
October 12, 2021SyriavsLebanonTBCTBC
IranvsKorea RepublicTBCTBC
November 11, 2021Iraqvs SyriaTBCTBC
Korea RepublicvsUAETBCTBC
November 16, 2021SyriavsIranTBCTBC
IraqvsKorea RepublicTBCTBC
January 27, 2022UAEvsSyriaTBCTBC
Korea RepublicvsLebanonTBCTBC
February 1, 2022IranvsUAETBCTBC
SyriavsKorea RepublicTBCTBC
March 24, 2022LebanonvsSyriaTBCTBC
Korea RepublicvsIranTBCTBC
March 29, 2022SyriavsIraqTBCTBC
UAEvsKorea RepublicTBCTBC
Match Schedule for Group A

Day/DateTeam 1Team 2Kick-OffVenue
September 2, 2021JapanvsOmanTBCTBC
Saudi ArabiavsVietnamTBCTBC
September 7, 2021OmanvsSaudi ArabiaTBCTBC
October 7, 2021Saudi ArabiavsJapanTBCTBC
October 12, 2021OmanvsVietnamTBCTBC
Saudi Arabiavs ChinaTBCTBC
November 11, 2021Chinavs OmanTBCTBC
AustraliavsSaudi ArabiaTBCTBC
November 16, 2021OmanvsJapanTBCTBC
VietnamvsSaudi ArabiaTBCTBC
January 27, 2022Saudi ArabiavsOmanTBCTBC
February 1, 2022JapanvsSaudi ArabiaTBCTBC
March 24, 2022VietnamvsOmanTBCTBC
ChinavsSaudi ArabiaTBCTBC
March 29, 2022OmanvsChinaTBCTBC
Saudi ArabiavsAustraliaTBCTBC
Match Schedule for Group B

Based on the special FIFA Ranking released for Asian teams on June 18, top seeds Japan and the Iran were placed in Pot 1 of the draw, with Pot 2 comprising Australia and Korea Republic while Pot 3 had Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Pot 4 contained Iraq and China PR, followed by Oman and Syria in Pot 5 and debutants Vietnam and Lebanon in Pot 6.

The Final Round of the FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers is scheduled to be played on the following 10 match days: September 2 and 7, October 7 and 12, and November 11 and 16, 2021, as well as January 27 and February 1, 2022, before reaching its climax on March 24 and 29, 2022.

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