Big wins for UAE, Lebanon

The UAE and Lebanon were just some of the teams to secure resounding victories in Thursday's 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers.

Tajkistan whipped Bangladesh 5-0 at the Respublikanskiy Stadium in Dushanbe in a clash between two teams at the bottom of Group B.

Manuchekhr Dzhalilov, who plies his trade for FC Istiklol, was the hero of the day, scoring an incredible four goals – two on either side of half-time – in the convincing win.

The fifth goal came by way of a penalty, which Akhtam Nazarov converted early in the second half.

Despite the win, Tajkistan remain well off the leading pace in Group B set by Jordan and Australia.

Over at the Paxtakor Markaziy Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan beat Group H leaders North Korea 3-1 to move within one point of their lead with a game in hand.

Hyok-Chol Ri shocked the home side by opening the scoring in only the second minute of the match, but Uzbekistan responded strongly from there.

Igor Sergeev grabbed the equaliser in the 25th minute before Aleksandr Geynrikh gave the hosts the lead midway through the second half.

Odil Akhmedov would make sure of all three points three minutes from time.

India defeated Guam 1-0 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore to pick up their first win in Group D after six matches.

Robin Singh put the home side up in the 10th minute but their advantage looked far from certain after Sehnaj Singh was given his marching orders four minutes before the break.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, however, India were able to hold in the second half to break their barren qualifying run.

UAE thrashed minnows Timor-Leste 8-0 at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abud Dhabi to retain second place in Group A behind Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Khalil picked up four goals, Ahmed Ali Alebri bagged a brace and Abdulla Mousa and Ahmed Alhasmi both chipped in to complete the rout.

The scoreline was 3-0 at half-time, but Timor-Leste conceded a penalty early in the second half and UAE continued to run rampant for the rest of the match.

Laos were not match for Lebanon playing away from home at the Saida International Stadium, going down 7-0.

Yousif Mohamad opened the scoring for the home side in the 27th minute, before Roda Antar, Hassan Chaito and Ali Hamam added three more goals before the break.

Hassan Maatouk made it 5-0 in the 59th minute and Laos would concede two more goals in stoppage time as Joan Oumari and Chaito both converted in the dying moments.

With the win, Lebanon move level on points with second-placed Kuwait in Group G, though they are still behind on goal difference. Laos, meanwhile, are still looking for their first win of the campaign.


Tajkistan 5-0 Bangladesh
Uzbekistan 3-1 North Korea
India 1-0 Guam
United Arab Emirates 8-0 Timor-Leste
Lebanon 7-0 Laos