We take a look at the biggest talking points from the final matchday in the second round of 2022 AFC World Cup qualifiers.
On a night when eight places in the 12-team third round were unclaimed at kick-off, Iran, China and Vietnam all secured spots in the next stage.
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Iran's Dragan Skocic and Mehdi Taremi have questioned the decision to hold the country's World Cup qualifiers in Bahrain when play resumes in June.
Iranian striker Issa Alekasir has been handed a six-month ban by the Asian Football Confederation for a "discriminatory gesture."
India is one of five nations to have expressed an interest in hosting the 2027 Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation said on Wednesday.
Iran has given FIFA a written commitment that women will be allowed to attend matches in the domestic club league, a source said on Friday.
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The Iranian domestic league resumed on Sunday and Monday with women fans barred from entering stadiums up and down the country.
Iran made it a night to remember on Thursday as they inflicted a record-breaking 14-0 thrashing on Cambodia.
Iranian women entered the country's national stadium in Tehran on Thursday for a national team game for the first time in 40 years.
Iranian women have snapped up tickets for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Cambodia in Tehran after they were released for sale online.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said Iranian authorities have "assured" them women will attend a qualifier match in October.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described Iran's stadium ban for women as "unacceptable".
Rudi Gutendorf, the tireless manager who guided a world record 55 teams, including 18 national sides, has died at 93.
Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier.
An Iranian female football fan has died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she might have to serve a six-month sentence.
Iranian women fans will be allowed to attend a men's football World Cup qualifying match in the Islamic Republic in October.
An own goal from Kim Young-gwon gifted Iran a 1-1 draw with South Korea on Tuesday evening, as Marc Wilmots continued his unbeaten start.
Colombia present former Real Madrid and Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz as national team coach on a contract that runs until the 2022 World Cup.
Carlos Queiroz stood down after nearly eight years as Iran coach following his team's 3-0 loss to Japan in the semifinals of the Asian Cup.
Yuya Osako scored twice in 11 second-half minutes to help four-times champions Japan beat Iran and reach the Asian Cup final.
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.
While the newly-expanded Asian Cup format will have 24 teams, expect to see one of the traditional powerhouses lift the trophy in Abu Dhabi.
Iranian women and girls have not been allowed to attend any men's sporting events in the country for much of the past 39 years.