UAE's players celebrate after scoring a goal against Malaysia's team during their AFC qualifying football match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB
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No fewer than 76 goals were rattled in across the continent in Thursday's 15 games – an average of 5.067 per match, one of the highest on record.Malaysia at least fared better than tiny Bhutan, who shipped 15 unanswered goals against Qatar – an average of about one every six minutes.One game without goals was Hong Kong's dogged 0-0 draw with China, which was greeted like a victory in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.The qualifiers also double as a route to the 2019 Asian Cup in UAE, which has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams – raising the prospect of more big scores at the tournament in four years time.
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