Australia needed a controversial 86th minute winner from Alex Brosque to beat Thailand 2-1 at home in an unconvincing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Although the Socceroos dominated possession against an injury-depleted Thailand side, they fell behind to a 15th minute opener from Teerasil Dangda and then struggled as the War Elephants dropped deep to defend their lead in this Group D clash.
Josh Kennedy tapped in a rebound to level in the 58th minute but Australia struggled to find a second as Tim Cahill saw one chalked off for a foul on the goalkeeper.
With time ticking down, Brosque eventually made the breakthrough with a close-range finish, but only after Kennedy appeared to control Matt McKay's cross with his arm.
Arsenal's Park Chu-young scored three and Ji Dong-won of Sunderland grabbed a brace as Korea Republic thrashed Lebanon 6-0 at Goyang Stadium in their Group B clash.
The hosts dominated from start to finish and could have won more convincingly but still had five goals to enjoy from their Premier League strikeforce
Park put the hosts ahead early in the first half and added a second just before the break.
The captain, who signed for the Gunners earlier in the week, opened the scoring after just eight minutes, running between two defenders to volley home a deep cross from Hong Chul on the left side.
The 2002 World Cup semi-finalists continued to pile on the pressure and looked likely to add a second. Ji shot against the post from a tight angle while Ki Sung-yeung had a goal disallowed.
Korea appeared to be losing momentum before half-time, but Park headed home a Ki corner to extend the lead.
In the second half, Ji bundled the ball home from close range after the goalkeeper saved a Park shot and seconds later, Park burst free into the right side of the area to send a fierce low shot into the opposite corner.
There was still time for Kim Jung-woo to score from close range and Ji to score his second and his team's sixth.
In Group C, Japan left it desperately late to beat North Korea 1-0 as Michihiro Yasuda scored four minutes into stoppage time, while Uzbekistan won 1-0 away to Tajikistan thanks to Maksim Shatskikh's 72nd minute strike.
Zheng Zhi's penalty and Yu Hai's strike in the second half handed China a comeback 2-1 victory over Singapore as the East Asian side got off to a winning start in the third round of their qualifying campaign.
The visiting side went ahead two minutes after the half hour mark when Aleksandar Duric fired past goalkeeper Yang Zhi.
Zheng cancelled the goal out midway through the second half before Yu scored the winner in the 72nd minute.
In the other Group A game, Jordan recorded a 2-0 away win over Iraq with goals either side of the half-time whistle.
Hasan Mahmoud got the first in the 43rd minute and Abdullah Allah Deeb made it two in the 47th minute.
A late fightback from the United Arab Emirates was not enough to prevent a 3-2 Kuwait away win in Group B.
Yousef Al Sulaiman had a brace either side of Bader Al Mutwa's goal as Kuwait went 3-0 up midway through the second half, and although Ismail Al Hammadi scored in the 84th minute and Ahmad Khalil added a second for Kuwait in the 89th, time ran out on their comeback bid.
In Group E, Iran recorded a 3-0 win over Indonesia with all the goals coming in the second half.
Javad Nekonam scored in the 53rd and 74th minutes before Andranik Timotian Samarani capped it with three minutes to go.
Bahrain and Qatar drew 0-0 in the other Group E game, while in Group D, it also ended in a stalemate between Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Friday's Asian 2014 World Cup Qualifiers
Iraq 0-2 Jordan
U.A.E. 2-3 Kuwait
Tajikistan 0-1 Uzbekistan
Oman 0-0 Saudi Arabia
Iran 3-0 Indonesia
Bahrain 0-0 Qatar