Qualification for the 1976 AFC Asian Cup finals held in Iran.

1976 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates15 March 1975 – 02 December 1975
Teams15 (from 1 confederation)
1972
1980

Groups

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4

 Bahrain (withdrew)
 Kuwait
 Lebanon (withdrew)
 Pakistan (withdrew)
 South Yemen
 Syria (withdrew)

 Afghanistan
 Bangladesh (withdrew)
 India (withdrew)
 Iraq
 Jordan (withdrew)
   Nepal (withdrew)
 Qatar
 Saudi Arabia

 Brunei
 Burma (withdrew)
 China PR
 Hong Kong
 Japan
 North Korea
 Singapore
 Sri Lanka (withdrew)

 Indonesia
 Khmer Republic (withdrew)
 Laos (withdrew)
 Malaysia
 Philippines (withdrew)
 South Korea
 South Vietnam  Thailand

 Iran qualified as hosts
 Israel and  Republic of China expelled from AFC in 1974

Group 1

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iraq 11 6 5 1 0 14 3 +11
 Saudi Arabia 7 6 3 1 2 12 5 +7
 Qatar 5 6 2 1 3 5 8 –3
 Afghanistan 1 6 0 1 5 3 18 –15

[1]
 Iraq and  Saudi Arabia qualified for the final tournament.
 Saudi Arabia eventually withdrew from the competition.


Iraq 1–0 Qatar
Hassan Goal 55'
Saudi Arabia 2–0 Afghanistan
Mohammed Al Mugnim Goal 40'
Hamed Subhi Goal 50'
Report

Iraq 3–1 Afghanistan
Subhi Goal 9'
Alwan Goal 17'
Kadhim Goal 78'
Saudi Arabia 0–1 Qatar
Report ? Goal 8'

Iraq 1–1 Saudi Arabia
Ahmed Goal 86' Report Mohammed Al Mugnim Goal 4'
Qatar 2–1 Afghanistan

Iraq 3–0 Qatar
Alwan Goal 9'
Hassan Goal 60'
Waal Goal 74'
Saudi Arabia 6–0 Afghanistan
Mohammed Al Mugnim Goal 7'41'
Muhsen Bakhit Goal 12'33'
Sultan Naseab Goal 25'
Mohammed Saad Al-Abdali Goal 65'
Report

Iraq 4–0 Afghanistan
Mahmoud Goal 2'5'
Mustafa Goal 70'
Ahmed Goal 84'
Saudi Arabia 2–1 Qatar
Mohammed Al Mugnim Goal 52'
Muhsen Bakhit Goal 59'
Report Majed Alsaieq Goal 7'

Iraq 2–1 Saudi Arabia
Subhi Goal 13'
Hassan Goal 42'
Report Bakhit Goal 54'
Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
Referee: Mohsen Zamanyhe (Iran)
Qatar 1–1 Afghanistan

Group 3

Group Allocation Matches

Hong Kong 0–0
(4–3 pen.)
 Japan
Government Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Watana (Thailand)

China PR 1–0 North Korea

Singapore 6–0 Brunei

Group 3A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 China PR 4 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10
 Hong Kong 2 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
 Brunei 0 2 0 0 2 1 13 –12
China PR 10–1 Brunei

Hong Kong 3–0 Brunei

Hong Kong 0–1 China PR

Group 3B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 North Korea 4 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
 Japan 2 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
 Singapore 0 2 0 0 2 1 3 –2
North Korea 1–0 Japan
Se-Wook An Goal 65' (pen.)
Government Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 30,000

North Korea 1–0 Singapore

Japan 2–1 Singapore
Ochiai Goal 40'
Nagai Goal 81'
Government Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Tam Sun Luk (Hong Kong)

Semifinal

China PR 2–1 Japan
Li Yutie Goal 6'
Ke Wushang Goal 20'
Arai Goal 43'[2]
Government Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 20,000

North Korea 3–3
(11–10 pen.)
 Hong Kong

Third place match

Hong Kong 0–1 Japan
Watanabe Goal 6'[3]
Government Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Hashita (Indonesia)

Final

North Korea 2–0 China PR

North Korea  and  China PR qualified for the final tournament.
North Korea  eventually withdrew from the competition.


Group 4

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Malaysia 7 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5
 Thailand 6 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6
 South Korea 4 4 2 0 2 3 3 0
 Indonesia 3 4 1 1 2 3 5 –2
 South Vietnam 0 4 0 0 4 1 10 –9

 Malaysia and  Thailand qualified for the final tournament.
 Thailand eventually withdrew from the competition.


Thailand 3–1 Indonesia
Jesdaporn Goal 60' (66)
Pallop Maklamthong Goal 88'
Prajrit Pangdee Goal 70' (o.g)

Malaysia 2–1 South Korea
Isa Bakar Goal 19'
Mokhtar Dahari Goal 50'
Cho Dong-hyun Goal 34'

Indonesia 2–1 South Vietnam
Wibisono Goal 9' Goal 13' ? Goal 32'

Thailand 0–1 Malaysia

South Korea 1–0 South Vietnam

Malaysia 0–0 Indonesia

Thailand 4–0 South Vietnam

South Korea 1–0 Indonesia

Malaysia 3–0 South Vietnam

Thailand 1–0 South Korea

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearance
 Iran Hosts 2 (1968, 1972)
 South Yemen automatically qualified from Group 1 1975 0 (debut)
 Kuwait automatically qualified from Group 1 1975 1 (1972)
 Iraq Group 2 winners 2 December 1975 1 (1972)
 China PR Group 3 runners-up 23 June 1975 0 (debut)
 Malaysia Group 4 winners 23 March 1975 0 (debut)

References