Iran’s midfielder Ashkan Dejagah celebrates with defender Ramin Rezaeian after scoring his side’s second goal.
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Iran, Asia's top-ranked team, swamped Yemen, the lowest in the competition at 135 on the FIFA listings, 5-0 in the biggest win of the first round. Iran haven't lifted the trophy since 1976, when they completed a run of three straight victories -- two of them on home soil. However, a thunderous first-half strike put Turkmenistan 1-0 up against four-time winners Japan, who eventually escaped 3-2, while the Philippines repeatedly troubled South Korea, runners-up in 2015, before narrowly losing 1-0 .It is the first time Qatar's national team has visited UAE since the start of the crisis in the middle of 2017, when neighboring countries cut ties and enforced a blockade of the resource-rich state which will host the 2022 World Cup.
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