Vietnam suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss after extra-time against Uzbekistan in the AFC U23 Championship final in snowy Changzhou, China on Sunday.
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South Korea booked their place at a ninth straight World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Uzbekistan, who are out after Syria earned a late draw.
Captain Ki Sung-Yueng may still not start for South Korea in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Uzbekistan despite being 'fit' says coach Shin Tae-Yong
Iran became the first Asian nation to book their place at the finals of next year's World Cup with a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan.
Japan, South Korea and Iran all secured key victories on Tuesday, in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Yu Dabao's header and a stirring second-half performance by goalkeeper Zeng Cheng saw Marcello Lippi's side claim a 1-0 win over South Korea.
Both China and Australia were held to draws by Qatar and Thailand respectively on matchday five of the AFC World Cup qualifiers.
Mile Jedinak's penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for Australia against Japan while Iraq and Uzbekistan secured victories in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying.
Spurs' star Son Heung-Min struck the winner as South Korea followed Japan in recording second-half victories in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Thursday.
An unlucky Japan side were left seething after losing 2-1 in Saitama to United Arab Emirates in controversial fashion, writes John Duerden.
Spain saw their 11-game unbeaten streak end in a 1-0 loss to Georgia in a friendly in Getafe on Tuesday night.
Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang insists his side are ready to spring a surprise despite being drawn in a tough group B for the final WCQ round.
Thailand will face Asian giants Australia and Japan in the final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Australia and Japan will meet in the final round of 2018 AFC World Cup qualification for the third successive time following the draw in Malaysia.
China completed a remarkable transformation in their 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Qatar to advance to the third round.
Australia hammered Tajikistan 7-0 in AFC World Cup qualifying in Ange Postecoglou's biggest win as head coach on Thursday.
Perak's new Uzbekistan striker Oybek Kilichev could be ineligible for the 2016 Malaysia Super League season because he came from second division club.
Australia's record-scorer Tim Cahill grabbed a first half hat trick as the Asian champions eased to a 4-0 victory over Bangladesh.
Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0 on Thursday and move to the top of Group B in the second round of
Asia's smallest football nation Guam have sprung yet another surprise in Group D of the AFC WC qualifiers by defeating visitors India 2-1 on Tuesday.
Spain quickly shrugged off an early Costa Rica goal to win 2-1 in an international friendly in the northern city of Leon on Thursday night.
Former champions Germany, Portugal and Brazil earned places in the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup on Thursday.
Fiji pulled off a major upset at the Under-20 World Cup by beating Honduras 3-0 on Thursday, boosting their chances of making it to the knockout round
Striker Judivan scored twice as Brazil beat Nigeria 4-2 on Monday in a thrilling start to their FIFA Under-20 World Cup campaign.