World's Worst Soccer Team Wins Again in World Cup QualifyingSara Marley
Bhutan, international soccer’s worst team, advanced in its attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, beating Sri Lanka for a second time.
Chencho Gyeltshen scored in the fifth and 90th minutes at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, to give the hosts a 3-1 victory over the two-match playoff.
The Asian Football Confederation started its qualification for the World Cup by pairing up the 12 worst teams for home and away matches. The World Cup will be held in Russia in 2018.
The Himalayan country was last in FIFA’s 209-nation world rankings. Teams are rated based on points and Bhutan, which hadn’t won a game since 2008, had 0 points coming in to the Sri Lanka matches.
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.