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Bhutan, FIFA's lowest-ranked team, advances in World Cup qualifying with 2nd straight win


THIMPHU, Bhutan — The lowest-ranked team in world soccer won again Tuesday and advanced to the second round of World Cup qualifying.

Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom ranked 209th by FIFA, beat Sri Lanka 2-1 at home in the second leg and advanced 3-1 on aggregate.

Chencho Gyeltshen scored both goals for Bhutan while Zohar Mohamed Zarwan scored for Sri Lanka.

Bhutan had lost all 18 matches it played from 2009 to 2014, including a 20-0 rout against Kuwait in an Asian Cup qualifying match.

In the next round, Bhutan will be placed into one of eight groups of five teams and could end up facing Asian powers like Japan, Iran or South Korea.

India, East Timor, Cambodia and Taiwan also advanced to the second round of Asian qualifying.

The match between Pakistan and Yemen in Lahore was postponed for safety and security reasons, and FIFA said it will announce a new date and venue later.

Yemen won the first leg 3-1.

On Sunday, 15 people were killed in Lahore when suicide bombers targeted two churches in a Christian neighborhood, for which the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. A Christian mob then burned two people to death who were suspected of being involved.

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