WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS, Indonesia to meet Syria

Taken from the Djakarta Post, November 1st, 2007


BANGKOK (AP): Three of the four Southeast Asiannations in the second round of Asia’s 2010 World Cup qualifiers were drawn Wednesday to play away ties in the second legs.

The four home-and-away ties are: Hong Kong vs. Turkmenistan, Indonesia vs. Syria, Singapore vs. Tajikistan and Yemen vs. Thailand, with the first-listed teams to host the first legs.

The first legs will be on Nov. 9, with the return on Nov.18.

The draw was made after soccer’s governing body FIFA determined that Singapore would progress from the first round after a second-leg forfeit by Palestine. Palestine had said its players were unable to attend due to travel restrictions and had asked FIFA toreschedule the match.

The four second-round winners will progress to the third round, where they will join the 11 other first-round winners plus Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Iran, which had first-round byes. The 20 teams will be drawn into five groups of four teams, with the group winners and runners-up to go into a fourth round.


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