Hiroki Fujiharu of Japan, second right, celebrates scoring the opening goal against Singapore during their second round soccer match of regional qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
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Asian champions Australia struck three past Kyrgyzstan and South Korea notched four against Myanmar as the continent's elite enjoyed another straight forward night in World Cup qualifying Thursday.Four-time Asian champions Japan also enjoyed a comfortable outing as they dispatched Singapore 3-0 away to go top of Group E, while Iran head Group D after beating Turkmenistan 3-1 in Tehran.However, the biggest winners on the seventh matchday in the second round of Asian qualifiers were China, who smacked neighbors Bhutan 12-0 in Changsha with Shandong Luneng striker Yang Xu scoring four.The 2022 World Cup hosts have won all five of their matches in the group, a feat matched only by perennial qualifiers South Korea who could afford to miss a penalty in an easy 4-0 win over Myanmar.
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