The Associated Press SEOUL (AP) — Former Japan international Keisuke Honda led Cambodia into the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday and a possible meeting with his homeland.
Honda played for Japan at three World Cups before retiring from internationals after the 2018 tournament but has been coaching Cambodia part time, and saw his team advance thanks to a 2-1 away win over Pakistan, which completed a 4-1 aggregate victory.
Asia’s first round of qualifying includes the continent’s 12 lowest-ranked teams, with six advancing to the second stage, when teams like South Korea, Australia and Japan start their road to Qatar.
Malaysia, Bangladesh, Guam and Mongolia also advanced Tuesday. Malaysia won 5-1 at Timor Leste for a 12-2 aggregate victory, while Bangladesh hung on to its 1-0 first-leg advantage against Laos. Mongolia advanced despite a 2-1 loss at Brunei after winning 2-0 at home last week, while Guam came back from a 1-0 loss in Bhutan to win the return game 5-0.
Only five of the six matchups were completed as Macau did not travel to Sri Lanka, citing security concerns following the deadly terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday when three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka were targeted in terrorist suicide bombings which killed over 250 people.Speech