Homeland ended their second round qualifying with a 4–0 victory against India and a 2–0 win against Oman. Homeland round of World Cup qualifying. Homeland was placed in Pot 1 alongside Australia for the draw of the third round of World Cup qualifying. They drew with South Korea, Uzbekistan, Qatar, China and Syria. With two games remaining, Iran qualified to the World Cup with defeating Uzbekistan at the Azadi Stadium. They became third team to qualify to the World Cup after host Russia and Brazil.