WCQ Review: Comfortable victories for Asian powerhouses

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recorded a 6-0 win over Afghanistan on Tuesday at Azadi Stadium, , to maintain their unbeaten record in the and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers.

Shinji Kagawa and Masato Morishige sent Japan in at half-time with a 2-0 advantage, before the Borussia Dortmund star doubled his tally before Shinji Okazaki netted a quickfire brace and Keisuke Honda added further gloss to make sure of the win.

kept up top spot in their group with a 3-0 win against Lebanon, thanks to Jang Hyun-soo’s penalty, Koo Ja-cheol and Kwon Chang-hoon’s efforts.

’s perfect start in their qualifying campaign also continued with a comfortable 3-0 win over Tajikistan, as well as Syria who maintaned their one hundred percent record with a dominant 6-0 win over Cambodia ats Phnom Penh.

Elsewhere, Yu Dabao’s brace helped China beat the Maldives 3-0 and keep the pressure on Group C leaders Qatar, who held off a late fightback from Hong Kong to win 3-2.

Philippines failed to continue their impressive form in the previous two games after being thumped 5-1 by at home, while another South-East Asian representatives, Thailand completed a late comeback against Iraq to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Full results of Tuesday’s WCQ

Group A
Malaysia v Saudi Arabia abandoned
Palestine 0-0 UAE

Group B
Bangladesh 0-4 Jordan
Tajikistan 0-3 Australia

Group C
Maldives 0-3 China
Hong Kong 2-3 Qatar

Group D
Guam 0-0 Oman
India 0-3 Iran

Group E
Cambodia 0-6 Syria
Afghanistan 0-6 Japan

Group F
Chinese Taipei 1-2 Vietnam
Thailand 2-2 Iraq

Group G
Laos 0-2 Kuwait
Lebanon 0-3 Korea Republic

Group H
Philippines 1-5 Uzbekistan
Yemen 0-4 Bahrain