Lebanon beats Thailand, China keeps pace in Asia

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Lebanon trounced Thailand 5-2 in a 2015 Asian Cup qualifier on Friday to give the country's football fans a much-needed morale boost after their sport was hit by a match-fixing scandal.

Lebanon was in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after two of its players - Ramez Dayoub and Mahmoud El Ali - were banned for life last month for match-fixing.

Hassan Chaito scored twice and Mohammad Al Haidar added another as Lebanon took a 3-0 lead at the break in Friday's Group B game in Beirut. Hassan Matouk and Abbas Ali Atwi scored the others while Teerasil Dangda and Thithiphan Puangjan replied for the Thais.

Meanwhile, striker Yu Dabao scored in injury time for China to beat Iraq 1-0 and keep Group C wide open.

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