NORTH Korea, the surprise team of the 1966 World Cup, stepped up their bid to reach next year's finals by firing three goals in 15 minutes to overturn a 2-0 deficit and beat Iraq 3-2 last night in Qatar. A later match between two of the most fancied teams, Japan and Saudi Arabia, provided few thrills and ended in a goalless draw. North Korea, the only Asian team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals thanks to their 1-0 win over Italy in the 1966 edition in England, stunned 10-man Iraq in the opening game of the Asian final qualifying round. Iraq, determined to reach the US finals to snub their international detractors, played some delightful football in the first half but lost it completely after Saad Benyamin was sent off early in the second half. Iraq had dominated the first half with playmakers Ahmad Radhi and Sami Hassan effectively varying the method of attack well to outwit the North Koreans. Two teams from Iraq, North Korea, South Korea, Iran, Japan and Saudi Arabia will qualify from the Qatar round. Iraq seized the lead after only seven minutes with a classic goal from Alaa Jebur. He controlled the ball with his head and knee, turned, and struck it high into the top right corner. It took a slight deflection off North Korean captain Tak Yong-bin but would have beaten the 'keeper anyway. Saad Numan missed a chance to increase the lead when he drove over the bar from six metres in the 12th minute. In an explosive start to the second half, Iraq went 2-0 ahead and had Benyamin sent off. Jebur caught the North Korean defence napping at the back post and easily headed home in the 46th minute. The celebrations were barely over when Benyamin was dismissed for his second bookable offence. He had received a yellow card in the first half for a crude tackle but the second offence was rather tame in comparison. North Korea made good use of their extra man and pulled a goal back in the 67th minute. Ryu Song-gun tapped into the open net after second-string goalkeeper Emaad Hassan had missed a cross. Iraq then lost their rhythm completely and their opponents equalised in the 77th minute when Kim Gyong-il scored ater a neat build-up. Choe Won-nam headed the winner five minutes later with the Iraqis in complete disarray. Prior to the big kick-off, it was revealed that the six nations contesting the Asian qualifying group were warned to be on their best behaviour by FIFA secretary general Sepp Blatter. Blatter had a last ''team talk'' with representatives of all six teams. Aware that the slightest incident could provoke an international row, Blatter summoned team representatives to the international federation headquarters in Zurich several weeks ago, a FIFA official said. ''On Thursday night, Mr. Blatter talked to the teams again to tell them how important the tournament is and what standards of conduct are expected of them,'' the official added. Blatter has shipped in a team of experienced European referees to guard against claims of prejudice. But events off the pitch are largely out of his hands.