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AFC World Cup qualifying wrap: China lead winners

China were among the nations to progress in the Asian Football Confederation’s World Cup qualifiers after thumping Laos on Wednesday.After a 7-2 first-leg victory of the tie, China were in little doubt of makng to the third round of qualifying for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

But they again turned in a dominant performance to assure their progression, winning 6-1 at the New Laos National Stadium.

Experienced striker Qu Bo opened the scoring after 23 minutes and China’s lead was doubled by Yu Hanchao as the Asian powerhouse claimed control of the match.

Visay Phapouvanin managed a consolation strike just two minutes into the second half but China responded impressively, netting four goals in the last 25 minutes of play.

Midfielder Deng Zhuoxiang helped himself to a double while Yu grabbed his second and Yang Xu joined him on the scoresheet, sealing a 13-3 thumping on aggregate.

Uzbekistan also won on the road, with their 3-0 triumph in Kyrgyzstan handed them a 7-0 aggregate victory.

All three goals came in the second half as veteran midfielder Victor Karpenko and substitute striker Bakhodir Nasimov (two) finished off a polished performance.

Indonesia progressed to the third round with a 5-4 aggregate victory over Turkmenistan, although it did not come without a scare as their opponents netted three times in the last 20 minutes in Jakarta to force a thrilling finale.

Qatar won through to the next stage 4-2 despite a 2-1 defeat in Vietnam, while other aggregate scores saw Saudi Arabia defeat Hong Kong 8-0, Syria beat Tajikistan 4-0, Kuwait prove too strong for the Philippines 5-1 and Lebanon edge Bangladesh 4-2.

Oman cruised past Myanmar 4-0 and Jordan thumped Nepal 10-1.

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