AFC 2014 World Cup qualifying: South Korea and Uzbekistan in crucial clash

Chung Sung-Jun

There are a handful of crucial qualifiers in Asia on Tuesday, with something at stake in each of the four matches.

Australia vs. Jordan

5 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. local

These sides are surprisingly currently tied on points in group B, both collecting seven points from their opening six games. Australia currently occupy the third-place playoff spot by virtue of their better goal differential, though a win for Jordan would see them leapfrog the Socceroos.

South Korea vs. Uzbekistan

7 a.m. ET, 8 p.m. local

There's an equally intriguing game in group A, as the two sides tied at the top of the table go face to face in Seoul. South Korea currently sit in first place, though collecting only one win from their last four games has seen them come under pressure from Uzbekistan, who are on course to make their first-ever World Cup finals.

Iraq vs. Japan

10:30 a.m. ET, 5:30 p.m. local

Japan became the first team to officially book their place at the World Cup, and are coasting at the top of group B. Iraq, however, still have all to play for. They are currently rock bottom of the group, but are only a couple of points off Australia in the playoff place.

Iran vs. Lebanon

11:30 a.m. ET, 8 p.m. local

Iran are also in contention to qualify for what would be their fourth World Cup finals. Sitting third in group A, they can consolidate their position with a win over Lebanon, whose chances of qualification are mathematically over. Five points from their seven games has left them bottom of the table, with only pride to salvage now.

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