Draw for Asia’s second qualifying round for the Russia 2018 World Cup and UAE 2019 Asian Cup* as made in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday:
Group A: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, East Timor, Malaysia
Group B: Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh
Group C: China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan, Hong Kong
Group D: Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam
Group E: Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, Cambodia
Group F: Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan
Group G: South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos
Group H: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, North Korea, Yemen
*The top eight teams and four best group runners-up will progress to Asia’s final World Cup qualifying round as well as the Asian Cup in UAE.
The home-and-away round robin starts on June 11 and finishes on March 29 next year.
The remaining 28 teams will compete for the other 12 places at the Asian Cup, which has been expanded to 24 sides for 2019.
– Agence France-Presse