Son Heung-min will aim to inspire South Korea to Asian Cup glory, with Iran looking strong as Australia and Japan face up to transition.
Iran's prosecutor general said Wednesday there would be no repeat of women watching football matches inside stadiums, saying it would "lead to sin".
Asian teams weren't expected to make an impact at the World Cup, but a record points haul and some stunning performances against top sides have lifted their hopes for Qatar 2022.
Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from international football aged just 23, saying criticism from fans of his performance at the World Cup had harmed his mother's health.
23-year-old Sardan Azmoun will retire from international football, after claiming that his mother became ill because of the insults he had received.
In football journalism, time is money, and occasionally mistakes get made in the heat of the moment. This was the case on Monady, when Spain drew with Morocco on Monday to confirm their place in the knockouts.
With 20 penalties awarded before the group stage has even been completed, Russia 2018 has seen more spot-kicks than any previous World Cup.
Portugal booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday, securing a point in a dramatic 1-1 draw with Iran.
The Iran manager Carlos Queiroz has said that VAR has done nothing but create confusion for fans following its introduction at this summer's World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo was captured on camera gesturing to Iranian fans to be quiet after they surrounded the hotel where the Portugal team were staying in the early hours of Monday morning.