New Tottenham signing, Son Heung-min, netted a hat-trick as South Korea thumped Laos 8-0 while Australia were also rampant, thrashing Bangladesh 5-0 in AFC World Cup qualifying matches, Thursday.
Son who joined the Premier League from Bayer Leverkusen scored the second, fifth and seventh goals for South Korea in Hwaseong. Lee Chung-yong scored the opener and Chang-Hoon Kwon was also on target as Korea held a 3-0 lead into the break.
Five 2nd half goals
Son netted a brace after the breather while Kwon grabbed his second after Hyun-Jun Suk had opened the scoring in a second half that South Korea scored five more goals. Jae-Sung Lee completed the rout as South Korea moved to the top of Group G with six points from two matches, while Laos remain bottom of the pile.
Australia made short work of minnows Bangladesh who they crushed 5-0 in Perth. The Socceroos scored two goals inside the first eight minutes through forward Mathew Leckie and midfielder Tom Rogic, who then had an effort deflected in by Bangladesh’s Topu Barman.
Nathan Burns made it 4-0 before the half-hour mark with his first international goal, and the rout was completed by a fine long-range goal from Aaron Mooy in the 61st minute to give Ange Postecoglou’s side a more comprehensive win than the 2-1 defeat of Kyrgyzstan in their first match.
Keisuke Honda, Maya Yoshida and Shinji Kagawa were all on the score-sheet as Japan collected their first win in Group E with a 3-0 defeat of Cambodia. Vahid Halilhodzic’s men had opened their Group E campaign – which doubles as qualifying for the Asian Cup – with a goalless draw against Singapore.
Ali Adnan, Ali Husni, Ahmed Yasin, Younis Mahmoud and Justin Meram scored for Iraq in a 5-1 defeat of Chinese Taipei while China played to a barren draw with neighbours Hong Kong.
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