Easy wins for China and South Korea

China romped past Bhutan while South Korea enjoyed a 4-0 win in their 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers on Thursday.

China ran rampant against a lackluster Bhutanese squad in a must win game at He Long Stadium, demolishing the visitors in a 12-0 victory to move up to second place in Group C of the Asia World Cup qualifiers.

Star of the first half, Yang Xu managed to bag three goals in quick succession early and was joined by Mei Fang Yu, Yu Hanchao and Yu Dabao, who netted two, on the score sheet.

The Alain Perrin-coached side started off the second in similar fashion with a fourth goal from Xu. 

Adding to the destruction of Bhutan were also substitute Wang Yongpo, who scored a brace, Hanchao, who doubled his tally, and Zhang Xizhe.

Their cracking display against Bhutan boosted their goal difference immensely and helped them leapfrog Hong Kong, who are level on points, into second place of Group C.

South Korea eased past Myanmar by four goals to zero. The Taegeuk Warriors were simply too good in front of their home crowd at Suwon World Cup Stadium.

Lee Jae-Sung would open the scoring for South Korea in the 18th minute when he latched onto a long range cross that came from the halfway line.

While Jang Hyun-Soo would miss penalty attempt six minutes later, Koo Jacheol would double the lead with an accurate header. Jang Hyun-Soo would make up for his missed penalty with a well placed header over Myanmar stopper Ko ko Thein Phyo.

Substitute Nam Tae-Hee then put the icing on the cake for South Korea when he found himself in space after a wonderfully worked move outside the box.

In a bottom of group E clash, Afghanistan and Cambodia clashed against each other and not much separated the two in the early stages of the first half in Takhti Stadium.

However, Mustafa Zazai of Afghanistan finally broke the deadlock on the 42nd minute as he took the home side into the lead going into the second half.

Early in the second half two yellow cards for were issued for Afghan duo Norilla Amiri and Kanischka Taher.

As the second half came to a close, Zubayr Amiri and substitute Khaibar Amani  tripled the score for Afghanistan to see the home side keep a clean sheet and a much deserved victory. 

Meanwhile, Iran defeated Turkmenistan 3-1 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. Morteza Pouraliganji opened the scoring for home side in just the sixth minute. 

While Iran continued to press, Turkmenistan levelled matters after a well struck effort from midfielder Mekan Saparo. However, Team Melli struck back just two minutes later via Saeid Ezatohali. Iran was awarded a penalty in the 83 minute, which Ashkhan Dejagah drilled into the back of the net to put the result beyond doubt.

China 12-0 Bhutan
South Korea 4-0 Myanmar
Afghanistan 3-0 Cambodia
Iran 3-1 Turkmenistan