By Pablo Bateson
We will reflect on 12 days of football which has enthralled over 395,000 spectators (locals and visiting fans) and hundreds of millions of television viewers right across Asia. Here is a snapshot of some of the main outcomes from the four groups and 24 matches.
1. Korea Republic
Supporters and observers of the Socceroos were beginning to believe that the longer term strategy of coach Ange Postecoglou was paying dividends, and then came another reality check at the hand of Korea Republic in the heat and humidity of Brisbane.
Australia had been most impressive in their comprehensive demolitions of Kuwait and Oman over the previous week and yet subsequently faltered against a more resilient opponent.