World’s worst team beat Sri Lanka


Bhutan defied their ranking as the worst national team on the planet to beat Sri Lanka 1-0 as qualifying started for the 2018 World Cup.

Tshering Dorji scored for Bhutan in Colombo as Fifa’s 209th-ranked nation  overcame a team 36 places higher.

Bhutan’s win in the first leg of Asia’s first qualifying round was also their first against another country since a 3-1 triumph over Afghanistan in 2008.

Dorji netted the winner six minutes from time with a composed finish.

Of the other minnows in action, Brunei managed a 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei, who are ranked 10 places above them in 188th.

India (173rd), managed by Englishman Stephen Constantine, clinched a 2-0 win over Nepal (180th) while Yemen (175th) cruised to a 3-1 victory over Pakistan (170th)

Cambodia (181st) eased to a 3-0 victory over Macau (187th) and East Timor (185th) managed their first win in World Cup qualifying with a 4-1 success over Mongolia (195th).

Bhutan’s players were playing their first World Cup qualifier

Bhutan’s win over Sri Lanka ended their five-match losing streak

Bhutan are ranked 209th in the world by governing body Fifa

Bhutan were cheered on in Colombo by a small band of travelling supporters


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