Rock-bottom Bhutan secures World Cup passage

Bhutanese and Sri Lankan football players vie for the ball during their 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Round qualifying match in Thimphu (Getty) Source: AFP

The world's lowest ranked team Bhutan reached the second phase of Asian qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by beating Sri Lanka 2-1 at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Tuesday.

The Bhutan team secured the tie 3-1 on aggregate after it also won the first leg in Colombo last week.

Two goals from Checho Gyeltshen on either side of Zohar Mohamed Zarwan's strike saw 209-ranked Bhutan through in front of 20,000 fans.

Timor-Leste accompanied Bhutan into the next round by beating Mongolia 1-0 in Ulaan-Baatar for a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win.

India drew 0-0 with Nepal in Kathmandu to go through 2-0 on aggregate.

Elsewhere, Cambodia drew 1-1 at Macau to secure a comfortable 4-1 agregate win while Chinese Taipei accounted for Brunei 2-0 to win through 2-1 on aggregate.

The second leg of the tie between Pakistan and Yemen was postponed.

Source: SBS