Battle for Brazil 2014 continues

Asian heavyweights will clash again on Tuesday as they continue their quest for the ultimate prize - entry into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Dangda bags one for the Thais.

After a drama-filled opening round of matches on Friday in which several top sides had to scrap for results, expect more excitement in Tuesday's matches


Click here for a review of Friday's matches


Here, ESPNSTAR.com takes a closer look at the AFC 2014 World Cup Qualification group matches.

Group A

Jordan vs China

Buoyed by their unexpected 2-0 away victory over Iraq, Jordan will be going for the jugular when they host continental giants China on Tuesday. China found it difficult to match Singapore's defensive approach on last Saturday, but they may find themselves playing a different kind of opponent here as Jordan prefer to hold the ball and direct the play.

Singapore vs Iraq

The Iraqis will need to improve on their disappointing 2-0 home loss and also be extra careful of the artificial pitch in the Jalan Besar Stadium. Many big teams like Australia and China have found it difficult to play the Lions in their own den.

Players to watch:

Yu Hai (China)

The two-time Chinese Super League Player of the Year is always dangerous in attack, threatening to exploit space given by defenders.

Hassan Abdel Fattah (Jordan)

The Jordanian striker scored four goals in the previous round of qualifications and added one on Saturday against Iraq, highlighting his credentials as a lethal frontman for the Jordanians

Mustafic Fahrudin (Singapore)

Sitting in front of the back four, Fahrudin was the key player for the Lions against China. The Tampines Rovers midfielder is solid in defence and dangerous in bringing the ball forward in counter-attack for Aleksander Duric.

Group B

Kuwait vs Korean Republic

The Gulf side will need to improve on their nervy 3-2 win over UAE on Saturday if they want to pull off a result at home against a magnificent Korean Republic side. The Taeguk Warriors highlighted their credentials as the team to beat in Asia with a merciless 6-0 demolition of Lebanon and will look to collect more points

Lebanon vs UAE

Lebanon must cover up the defensive lapses that were revealed in their thrashing at the hands of Korea Republic if they hope to come away with a point from their match against UAE, whose coach Srecko Katanec is under pressure to come away with a result after losing 3-2 at home.

Players to watch:

Ahmed Khalil (UAE)

At just 20 years old, the 2008 AFC Young Player of the Year rallied his side with a late goal against Kuwait, and will yet again be his team's talisman.

Yousef Naser (Kuwait)

He proved his goalscoring prowess with two well-taken goals to give his country a comfortable lead against the UAE. Expect him to be the key man against Korea too.

Park Chu-Young (Korea Republic)

An excellent hat-trick for the Korea Republic skipper over Lebanon gave Arsenal fans a preview of what they can expect. But first, he'll be looking to put Kuwait to the sword.

Group C

Uzbekistan vs Japan

After a tough last-minute 1-0 win over Korea DPR, Japan must avoid complacency to if they're to top the group. They're up against a physical Uzbekistan side who will look to capitalise their aerial advantage against the East Asians.

Korea DPR vs Tajikistan

Tajikistan face a tough away opponent in Korea DPR, who are aiming for a second consecutive World Cup appearance after finishing their match against Japan with 10 men. Both sides lost 1-0 on Saturday, but the Koreans are favourites to grab all points at home.

Players to watch:

Shinji Kagawa (Japan)

The Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder found it hard to break down the Korea DPR defence but was always the most creative player for Japan. His linking play is definitely one of the most dangerous in Asia.

Maksim Shatskikh (Uzbekistan)

The big and powerful striker scored the only goal against Tajikistan, and will be looking to use his speed and size to hurt Japan.

Group D

Saudi Arabia vs Australia

The Socceroos were guilty of complacency in their narrow 2-1 win over Thailand in their first group match and will have to improve on their play if they want to grab vital away points at Saudi Arabia.

Thailand vs Oman

Thailand surprised Australia after taking an early lead in their 2-1 loss, and will definitely go on the attack at home. However, they are up against Oman, whose stubborn defence can repel blunt the sharpest attacks.

Players to Watch:

Josh Kennedy (Australia)

The tall Nagoya Grampus Eight striker always tries to cause havoc in set pieces, and scored from one against Thailand last Saturday.

Ali Al-Habsi (Oman)

Arguably the best goalkeeper on the continent, the 29-year-old custodian kept a clean sheet against Saudi Arabia to keep his side in the running for qualification. His heroics will be called upon again against an attack-minded Thailand side.

Teerasil Dangda (Thailand)

The 23-year-old has proven himself in the continental club competitions with Muang Thong United and replicated his form on the international stage, scoring the early goal to give the Socceroos a scare. The speedy striker will definitely be one to watch out for.

Group E

Qatar vs Iran

New coach Carlos Queiroz started off his reign with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Indonesia but is up against a much-improved Qatar, who drew 0-0 against Bahrain on Saturday. They will have to dig deep in the visit to Doha, where they bowed out in quarter-finals of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

Indonesia vs Bahrain

Always a dangerous side to play at home, Indonesia will be hoping to get their first points after the 3-0 loss to Iran. They will be hoping to pull off a win against Bahrain, who have proceeded into the final stage of qualification two campaigns running.

Players to watch:

Javad Nekounam (Iran)

A brace for the Osasuna striker against Indonesia assured his country all three points. Qatar will have to mark this man closely if they are to have a chance of coming away with at least a draw at home.

Oktavianus Maniani (Indonesia)

Indonesia looked livelier after the 20-year-old came on late in the second half. If the speedy winger starts against Bahrain, he will definitely leave an impression on the opposition defence.

Sebastian Soria (Qatar)

The Uruguay-born striker always threatened to score for Qatar. Constantly dangerous when in the box, Iran will have to watch out for crosses in for this big man.



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