WC Wrap: Jordan, Syria, China and Japan win

In Tuesday's early Asian 2018 World Cup qualifying matches Laos, Jordan, Syria, China and Japan all won, scoring 21 goals between them while Oman remained unbeaten.

Here is a brief wrap of what happened.

Group B: Bangladesh 0-4 Jordan (Bangabandhu) 
Jordan virtually killed the game off during the first-half by scoring twice and then scored two more in the second half to go top of the group on seven points, one above Australia, who still have to play.  Bangladesh are bottom with one point from three games.

The goals were scored by an Abdallah Deeb Salim brace via a 14th-minute penalty and a goal in the 56th minute. The others were scored by Monther Abu Amara in the 33rd minute and Yasen Al Bakhet in the 58th.

Group C: Maldives 0-3 China (Shenyang) 
After a tight first-half, China went in at the break leading 1-0 but in the second half they looked the better side and thoroughly deserved their win, scoring two more goals.

The goals were scored thanks to a brace from Yu Dabao in the third and 57th minutes and Zhang Linpeng scored in the 66th minute.

The win takes China to seven points on top of the group after three games with Hong Kong, who must still play. Maldives are second from the bottom with no points from three games. 

Group D: Guam 0-0 Oman (Guam)    
The goalless draw with Oman means Guam remains unbeaten at home after four games and are second on the Group D table on seven points, behind leaders Oman on goal difference. Oman has yet to lose after three matches.

The first-half was fairly even but in the second half Oman looked the better side but failed to make their chances count which meant the game ended goalless. 

Group E: Cambodia 0-6 Syria (Phnom Penh)   
Syria had sealed the win by half-time after scoring four times. The win sees the Syrians on top of the group with nine points followed by Singapore on four points. Cambodia are bottom with no points from three games. 

The goals came via a brace from Omar Khribin in the 29th and 39th minutes while Sanharib Malki and Mahmoud Al Mawas scored before the half-time break in the 31st and 45th minute respectively.  In the second half Omar Al Midani added to the total in the 50th minute and in the 81st minute Osama Omari got number six.

Group E: Afghanistan 0-6 Japan (Azadi)
Japan were far too good for Afghanistan hammering six unanswered goals, two in the first-half and four in the second past their hosts.

The goals came from braces by Shinji Kagawa in the 10th and 50th minutes and Shinji Okazaki 57th and 60th. The other goals were scored by Masato Morishige in the 35th minute and Keisuke Honda in the 74th.

The win lifts Japan to second in the group with seven points, two off Syria on top. Afghanistan are fourth with three points from three games.

Group G: Laos 0-2 Kuwait (Laos)
Youssef Nasser and Bader Al Mutawa scored in the 31st and 84th minutes respectively to hand Kuwait a 2-0 win over Laos. The match was tight the whole way through and the visitors will be happy to have come away with all three points.

The win sees Kuwait on top of the group with nine points from three games, above South Korea on six points who play later today. Laos are fourth with one point.

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