Pakistan beat Cambodia in first-ever football World Cup qualifying win
Pakistan won their first match in five years and advanced to the second round of World Cup qualifiers.
Pakistan will be joined in the second stage by nine other teams after the two-leg, home-and-away series for the Asian Football Confederation’s 20 lowest-ranked teams. Singapore beat Guam 3-1 on aggregate after winning 1-0 on Tuesday, and Afghanistan beat Mongolia 1-0 to advance 2-0 overall. Yemen were held 1-1 at Sri Lanka, Asia’s lowest-ranked team at number 202, but had done enough in their home leg to advance 4-1 on aggregate. Pakistan played their last international match on home soil against Afghanistan in the northeastern city of Lahore in 2015, while they last faced Bangladesh in a home World Cup qualifier in 2011. The rare victory coincided with the return of international football to the otherwise cricket-crazy South Asian country after a hiatus of eight years.
Pakistan's 5 year long 13 match winless run finally comes to an end, it was started by Stephen Constantine when he was India manager and now he's ended it.#PakistanFootball #WeAre26 https://t.co/AsiFyJqL8c— FootballPakistan.com (@FootballPak) October 17, 2023
Well played, boys! 👏Congratulations to the Pakistan football team for putting in a brilliant display and winning against Cambodia to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 🇵🇰🙌 pic.twitter.com/m60YlEZiJo — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 17, 2023