Earlier in the tournament, Oman, which is coached by Talib Hilal, failed to make it to the semifinals from Group A despite winning two of its three group matches. Australia topped Group A with three victories in three games, having beaten Oman, Afghanistan and Qatar, as it entered the semifinals of the Doha tournament. Oman lost 4-6 to the Australians in the opener, but recovered well to beat Afghanistan 7-0 and Qatar 3-1 to finish second in its group.
A total of 16 countries, pooled into four groups, played for three spots from Asia for the World Cup, which will be played in Tahiti from September 18-28. Iran became the first team to book a spot for the Tahiti event after it edged UAE 3-2 in the first semifinal on Friday, while Japan edged out Australia 3-2 to take the second spot from Asia. UAE will play Australia in the third-place playoff game for the only spot left from Asia, while Japan will face Iran in the final.