South Korea drub Sri Lanka 8-0 in World Cup qualifier

October 11, 2019
AP
South Korea’s Son Heung-min (centre) kicks the ball past Sri Lanka’s Mohamed Aman (right), during their Asian zone Group H qualifying  match for the 2022 World Cup at Hwaseong Sports Complex Main Stadium in Hwaseong, South Korea, yesterday.
AP South Korea’s Son Heung-min (centre) kicks the ball past Sri Lanka’s Mohamed Aman (right), during their Asian zone Group H qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup at Hwaseong Sports Complex Main Stadium in Hwaseong, South Korea, yesterday.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP):

Kim Shin-wook scored four goals and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min added two as South Korea thrashed Sri Lanka 8-0 in a qualifier for the 2022 World Cup yesterday.

Kim, a Shanghai Shenhua striker, netted twice in each half, while both of Son's goals came before the break, including a 45th-minute penalty. Hwang Hee-chan and Kwon Chang-hoon also scored for South Korea, which is seeking a 10th successive World Cup appearance.

It was South Korea's second straight win in qualifying, putting them top of Group H, ahead of North Korea on goal difference.

In Tehran, thousands of Iranian women watched the national team beat Cambodia 14-0 in the first football match they've been allowed to freely attend in decades.

The match marked a decades-long push by Iranian women to be able to watch football matches, something hardliners in Iran's Shiite theocracy to this day still oppose.

China, trying to qualify for a second World Cup, won 7-0 against Guam, while Japan defeated Mongolia 6-0 in Saitama to go top of Group F.

Earlier, Australia thrashed Nepal 5-0 in Canberra to keep their campaign for a fifth successive appearance on the global stage on track.

Only the top team from the eight groups and the four best second-place finishers progress to the next stage.

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