WCQ Review: Japan earn hard-fought win over Cambodia, Hong Kong dent China’s hopes

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Japan edged closer to their sixth World Cup finals after securing an unconvincing 2-0 victory over in their qualifying campaign at Olympic Stadium Phnom Penh on Tuesday.

The Blue Samurai needed an own goal from Cambodia’s Laboravy Khoun to thank before AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda got their second in the final minute in an unexpectedly tough evening.

Meanwhile in the other games of stage which also serves for 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers, Saudi Arabia recorded the biggest victory of the day as Mohammad Al Sahlawi scored five times in a 10-0 victory over Timor Leste in Dili.

At Mong Kok Stadium, dented ’s World Cup qualifying hopes after holding their cross-bound rivals to a goalless draw in front of rowdy home fans who again booed their shared anthem.

Elsewhere, Asia’s heavyweights all recorded comfortable victories. Evergreen striker Tim Cahill hit a hat-trick as fired all four of their goals past Bangladesh while made it six wins out of six in a 5-0 hammering of Laos.

Iran were also comfortable winners as they thrashed Guam 6-0 despite missing captain Andranik Teymourian and three other players reportedly due to visa issues.

Full results of Tuesday’s WCQ

Group A
Timor Leste 0-10 Saudi Arabia
Malaysia 1-2 UAE

Group B
Bangladesh 0-4 Australia
Kyrgyzstan 1-0 Jordan

Group C
Bhutan 0-3 Qatar
Hong Kong 0-0 China

Group D
Guam 0-6 Iran
Turkmenistan 2-1 Oman

Group E
Singapore 1-2 Syria
Cambodia 0-2 Japan

Group F
Chinese Taipei 0-2 Iraq

Group G
Laos 0- 5 South Korea

Group H
North Korea 2-0 Bahrain
Yemen 1-3