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Mongolia, North Korea picks up wins in World Cup qualifying


The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) logo is displayed at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on March 15, 2017. The upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for June 8 will take place as planned, the AFC general secretary said on March 15, saying that it is North Korea’s responsibility to recommend a neutral venue if diplomatic relations do not thaw. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Mongolia and North Korea both started the second round of Asian World Cup qualifying with wins on Thursday.

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Mongolia, ranked 187th in the world and playing in the second round of qualifying for the first time, beat Myanmar 1-0 in Ulaanbaatar. Amaraa Dulguun scored the lone goal in the 17th minute of the Group F match. It’s only Mongolia’s second World Cup qualifying win overall, having won a first round first-leg match in 2011 (for the 2014 World Cup), before losing the second leg, 2-0 to Myanmar. This time, payback was on the cards.

North Korea defeated Lebanon 2-0 in Group H with Jong Il Gwan scoring both goals in Pyongyang.

The winner of each of the eight groups and the four best second-place teams will advance to the next round.