Iran, Saudi Arabia crush opposition

In Tuesday's Asian 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Iran and Saudi Arabia hammered 16 goals past their opponents. 

Here is a round-up of today's action as it happens.

Group D: Guam 0-6 Iran (Guam FA Field Dededo)
Guam were hammered at home by Iran who went in at the break leading 2-0 but early goals in the second half killed any hope of a comeback. 

Mehdi Taremi earned a brace with goal in the 12th and 63rd minutes, Kamaleddin Kamyabinia in the 30th minute, Ramin Rezaian in the 49th, Masoud Shojael in the 51st and Karim Ansarifard in the 53rd minute.

The result sees Iran top Group D with 14 points followed by Oman in second place on 11 points. Guam are in fourth place with seven points, two points above bottom-placed India.
  
Group A: Timor-Leste 0-10 Saudi Arabia (Municipal Stadium Dili)
The home side were no match for their Arabian opponents though they did hold out for 29 minutes before the first goal was scored. But after that things changed drastically with them going into the break 4-0 down.

The goals were scored by Mohammed Al Sahlawi with five, while Yahya Al-Shehri, Osama Hawsawi, Taisir Al-Jassim, Naif Hazazi and Fahd Al Muwallad also scored.

The win moves Saudi Arabia on to 16 points on top of the group six points above UAE while Timor-Leste are bottom with two points. 

Group H: North Korea 2-0 Bahrain (Kim Il Sung Pyongyang)
North Korea stayed on top of the group with a solid performance against Bahrain. 

They sit on top of the group with 16 points followed by Uzbekistan on 12 points with two games in hand. Bahrain are fourth on six points, three above bottom-placed Yemen.

The goals were scored by Kwang-Ryong Pak penalty in the 45 minute and the second came in the 93rd minute through Il-Gwan Jong.

Group F: Taiwan 0-2 Iraq (National Stadium Kaohsiung)

As Taiwan looked to record their first win at the Asia Cup and World Cup qualifiers, Iraq stood in their way defeating them 2-0.

Dhurgham Ismail gave Iraq an early lead in the 19th minute in what was a dull first half with not many entertaining moments.

As the second half got underway, Taiwan used all three of their subs to try and overturn the deficit but with no success.

Younis Mahmoud eventually came on for Iraq and made an immediate impact, doubling his sides tally to 2-0 in the 85th minute.

As a result, not much movement occurred in group F with regards to their standings as both sides involved stay in the same position.

Group B: Bangladesh 0-4 Australia (Bangabandhu National Stadium)

In a very one-sided pool B clash, Australia proved too strong for hosts Bangladesh beating them 4-0.

Socceroos fan favourite Tim Cahill opened the scoring early in the first half in the sixth minute and added another two in the 32nd and 38th minute to complete his hatrick, making it the 20th goal in four World Cup Qualifying campaigns for the ex-Everton star.

As the first half came to a close, Crystal Palace player Mile Jedinak added a fourth goal in stoppage to time to give Australia a massive 4-0 lead going into the second half.

In complete contrast to the first half, Australia eased down their assault on Bangladesh as the scoreboard remained the same all the way to the final whistle.

As Australia top group B for the time being, they will be hoping Jordan slip up against Kyrgyzstan to remain there.

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