Football - Combined World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying draw

Football - Combined World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying draw
FIFA's Gordon Savic draws Japan for group E in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers during the preliminary joint qualification round 2 draw in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR - The combined second round qualifying draw for 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup conducted in Malaysia on Tuesday.

Group A: United Arab Emirates, 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 eight group winners and four best runners-up advance to the third round of World Cup qualifying in Asia and also qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates.

A separate tournament to determine the other 12 Asian Cup qualifiers will take place involving the 28 teams that didn't advance to the next stage of World Cup qualifiers.

Matches to be played on June 11, 16. Sept. 3 and 8. Oct. 8 and 13. Nov. 12 and 17 and March 24 and 29.

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