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MD1 - Group A: Guam 0-1 Maldives

Guam: Maldives got their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers second round campaign off to a positive start, defeating Guam 1-0 in Group A on Thursday.

Maldives dominated the early proceedings and went ahead just before the half-hour mark at the GFA Stadium through Ibrahim Mahudhee's strike.

Guam, who overcame a one-goal first leg deficit to defeat Bhutan 5-1 in the first round of the Asian Qualifiers, could not find their way back into game in the second half as Maldives secured three valuable points.

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Guam threatened early in the game with Marcus Lopez's run down the right flank in the 15th minute but he was quickly dispossessed by the Maldives defence.

Maldives took the lead in the 26th minute through Mahudhee who finished off beautifully after a good team build-up.

Guam tried to claw their way back into the tie but found it difficult against the Maldives defence.

There was more misery for Guam as Shawn Nicklaw got his marching orders in the 81st minute after picking up his second yellow card.

Up next for Guam are the Philippines on Tuesday while Maldives will entertain China PR.

Photo: Guam Football Association

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