COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — FIFA’s lowest-ranked team won on the first day of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Bhutan, which is ranked 209th by the governing body of world soccer, beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in Colombo on Thursday as Asian qualifying started across the continent. Tshering Dorji scored the lone goal for Bhutan in the 84th minute.
East Timor and Cambodia were also among the winners in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. Chiquito do Carmo scored twice in the first half as East Timor beat Mongolia 4-1 in Dili, while Cambodia defeated Macau 3-0 in Phnom Penh.
The second leg matches will be played Tuesday with the winners advancing to the second round of qualifying, as well as the next round of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup.