Thailand and Australia were comfortable winners in Asian World Cup qualifying , while North Korea laboured to a 1-0 home victory over Tajikistan to get their first points on the board.
It is a long road to Brazil 2014 for many of Asia’s sides with the latest action, the third round of qualifying, taking in five groups of four teams.
Two goals late in the first half set up Thailand’s 3-0 win over Oman last night in the 2014 World Cup Asian football qualifiers.
Sompong Soleb put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute and striker Teerasil Dangda doubled the advantage in the 41st minute to put Thailand in command.
Thai coach Winfried Schaefer said: “I’m very impressed with the match today. It’s because of our hard work after the match with Australia.”
Schaefer’s side went down 2-1 away in Australia in their first game last week and need another victory in their next match, at home to Saudi Arabia next month, if they are to stay in the hunt.
“We have three points today but we still have a tough job ahead playing Saudi Arabia. We have to keep working hard,” he said.