SEOUL (AP) — South Korea resumed its World Cup qualifying marketing campaign after 19 months with a 5-0 win over Turkmenistan on Saturday to maneuver close by of the third spherical.
Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-jo opened the scoring in Goyang after 10 minutes and Nam Tae-hee netted late within the first half to ship the hosts on their method to 10 factors from 4 video games in Group H.
Kim Younger-gwon, Kwon Chang-hoon and a second from Hwang accomplished the excellent victory for South Korea, trying to qualify for a tenth successive World Cup.
Group H is the one one of many eight teams within the second spherical with 4 groups as a substitute of 5 after North Korea withdrew in Could, citing issues over COVID-19.
Solely the group winners progress to the third spherical routinely, together with the 4 finest second-placed groups. The defeat ends Turkmenistan’s probabilities.
Lebanon is second, degree on factors with Korea, after a 3-2 win over Sri Lanka, which went forward early by Ahmed Razeek. Joan Oumari scored twice within the first half together with Mohammed Kdouh to place Lebanon in management and although Razeek ensured a decent end together with his second on the hour, Sri Lanka slipped to a fifth straight defeat.
In Saturday’s different qualifier, Saudi Arabia moved 5 factors away from Uzbekistan in Group D with a 3-0 win over Yemen in Riyadh.
All of the objectives got here within the first half. Salem Al-Dawsari opened the scoring after 4 minutes after which two objectives from Fahad Al-Muwallad sealed the victory.
There are 13 video games on Monday with China taking part in its first within the United Arab Emirates. The group routed Guam 7-0 on Could 30 in entrance of 40,000 followers in Suzhou however with Group A opponents Maldives and Syria struggling to achieve entry into China as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) switched the group to Sharjah.
If China fails to defeat the Philippines, then ending first shall be inconceivable with Syria transferring eight factors clear on Friday after a 4-0 win over Maldives.
Japan, in motion towards Tajikistan, is the one group already certain of a spot within the third spherical and could possibly be joined by Australia.
After defeating host Kuwait 3-0 on Thursday, Australia will progress with a win over Taiwan if Jordan, at the moment 5 factors behind in Group B, fails to defeat Nepal.
“I believe this group can shock the world and this group, we’ve obtained expertise, the expertise simply must be given a possibility and up to now it hasn’t,” Australia coach Graham Arnold mentioned.
Iran, in third place in Group C, is three factors behind chief Bahrain however has a recreation in hand. The 2 meet on Monday.
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