Captain Javad Nekounam
led the way with a hat-trick, two of which came from the penalty spot,
while Standard Liege forward Reza Ghoochannejhad netted the other two
In the same group Kuwait saw off Thailand 3-1 in Bangkok.
Joining the Saudis on three points in a tough-looking Group C was 2007 champion
That left it third in Group E, with
In Group A,
The top two nations from each group will qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup with the best third-placed team from all groups also earning a ticket to