South Korea beats Turkmenistan 5-0 in World Cup qualifier
Joan Oumari scored twice in the first half along with Mohammed Kdouh to put Lebanon in control and though Razeek ensured a tight finish with his second on the hour, Sri Lanka slipped to a fifth straight defeat.In Saturdays other qualifier, Saudi Arabia moved five points clear of Uzbekistan in Group D with a 3-0 win over Yemen in Riyadh.All the goals came in the first half.
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Group H is the only one of the eight groups in the second round with four teams instead of five after North Korea withdrew in May, citing concerns over COVID-19.
Only the group winners progress to the third round automatically, along with the four best second-placed teams. The defeat ends Turkmenistan's chances.
Lebanon is second, level on points with Korea, after a 3-2 win over Sri Lanka, which went ahead early through Ahmed Razeek. Joan Oumari scored twice in the first half along with Mohammed Kdouh to put Lebanon in control and though Razeek ensured a tight finish with his second on the hour, Sri Lanka slipped to a fifth straight defeat.
There are 13 games on Monday with China playing its first in the United Arab Emirates. The team routed Guam 7-0 on May 30 in front of 40,000 fans in Suzhou but with Group A opponents Maldives and Syria struggling to gain entry into China due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) switched the group to Sharjah.
Japan, in action against Tajikistan, is the only team already sure of a place in the third round and could be joined by Australia.
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