Main article: 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC –OFC play - off).
Listed below are the dates and results for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the The runners-up would advance to the AFC play - off. Play - off.
Group 5 consisted of five of the 50 teams entered into the European zone: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Legend. Group winners and one best runner-up among all groups directly qualified for the finals. Remaining group runners-up advanced to the play -offs.