Japan and South Korea both overcame their opening losses with 1-0 wins while Saudi Arabia prove to be a threat in Group B.
Oman pulled off a stunning upset of heavyweights Japan while Vietnam couldn't hold onto their narrow lead against Saudi Arabia
Asia's 12 remaining hopefuls will resume their quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday when the third round of qualifiers begin.
Vietnam will face three heavyweights - Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia - in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup.
The race to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Asia has finally returned, but which teams are in pole position to advance to the next round?
Kim Jin-su's header took South Korea past stubborn Bahrain and Qatar wrestled their way past Iraq as the victors move to the quarterfinals.
Sunil Chhetri's popularity, Pakistani food in Abu Dhabi and an Iraqi fan's journey feature in our Asian Cup diaries.
Argentina easily overcame Iraq 4-0 in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Thursday with four players scoring their first senior international goals.
Officials of Algerian club USM Alger have played down the chants from fans about the late Iraqi leader at a match that prompted a political crisis.
Iraqi football officials are confident that former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will sign up to lead the country at next year's Asian Cup.
Ban was imposed following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and covered everything except local matches.
Individual mistakes proved costly as Ong Kim Swee's Malaysia were on the wrong side of a 4-1 defeat by Iraq to open their AFC U23 campaign in China.
Coach Ong Kim Swee says Malaysia are capable of upsetting 2013 champions Iraq in Wednesday's AFC U23 opener in Changsu, China.
JDT's Adam Nor Azlin believes Malaysia will give a good account of themselves at the 2018 AFC Under-23 Championship in China, despite a tough draw.
Iraq coach Abdul Ghani says he has respect for Malaysia as they prepare to take on the underdogs at the AFC U23 Championship in China on Wednesday.
Syria can learn from the heroics of 2007 Asian champions Iraq to upset the Socceroos in Thursday's 2018 AFC World Cup playoff in Malacca, Malaysia.
Japan beat Australia to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, China won to keep their hopes alive, as South Korea drew in the penultimate round on Thursday.
Wellington Phoenix have signed former Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC star Ali Abbas for a return to the A-League.
Ten years after Iraq's shock 2007 Asian Cup triumph, victorious coach Jorvan Vieira says tea and sleepless nights drove a war-torn nation to glory.
Japan, China and U.A.E. were all held to costly draws in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying, while Qatar kept slim hopes of Russia alive with S. Korea win.
The Socceroos have escaped with a nerve-wracking 1-1 draw against Iraq amid dreadful conditions in Tehran to leave their WCQ hopes in the balance.
Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill says he's ready to lead Australia's line in next month's World Cup qualifiers.
Iraq's official foreign-language Oscar submission this year is a film called "El Clasico" about two young Kurds who try to meet Cristiano Ronaldo.
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.