World’s worst soccer team wins World Cup qualifying opener

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Bhutanese football player Tshering Dorji, left, celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying match between Sri Lanka and Bhutan at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo on March 12, 2015. Bhutanese football player Tshering Dorji, left, celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying match between Sri Lanka and Bhutan at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo on March 12, 2015.

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Bhutan, international soccer’s worst team, won the opening match of its attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, beating Sri Lanka 1-0.
The Himalayan country is last in FIFA’s 209-nation world rankings. Teams are ranked based on points and Bhutan, which hadn’t won a game since 2008, has 0 points.
In Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Bhutan’s Tshering Dorji scored the game’s lone goal the 84th minute.
“A wonderful, historic moment,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on his Twitter account.
In 2000, Bhutan lost 20-0 to Kuwait in an Asian Cup qualifying match. The team, which represents a nation of about 733,000 that sits between India and China, lost all 18 matches it played from 2009 to 2014.
The Asian Football Confederation starts its qualification for the World Cup by pairing up the 12 worst teams for home and away matches, with the winner over the two games advancing. Sri Lanka and Bhutan will meet next week for the second leg.
The World Cup will be held in Russia in 2018.

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