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Mongolia, North Korea picks up wins in World Cup qualifying

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Mongolia and North Korea both started the second round of Asian World Cup qualifying with wins on Thursday.

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Mongolia, ranked 187th in the world and playing in the second round of qualifying for the first time, beat Myanmar 1-0 in Ulaanbaatar. Amaraa Dulguun scored the lone goal in the 17th minute of the Group F match. It’s only Mongolia’s second World Cup qualifying win overall, having won a first round first-leg match in 2011 (for the 2014 World Cup), before losing the second leg, 2-0 to Myanmar. This time, payback was on the cards.

North Korea defeated Lebanon 2-0 in Group H with Jong Il Gwan scoring both goals in Pyongyang.

The winner of each of the eight groups and the four best second-place teams will advance to the next round.

Premier League players headline international squads for World Cup qualifiers

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It’s that time of the year again, when international fixtures come into focus and Premier League players jet all around the world to represent their nations.

On Friday, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Wales were the latest national teams to release their squads for upcoming friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, and plenty of Premier League players will be taking part.

Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League hero from last week Emre Can joins Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in Germany’s squad ahead of games with the Czech Republic and Norway. Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, Manchester United’s Daley Blind and Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum headline the Premier League contingent in the Netherlands squad, and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is one of 16 Belgian National Team players plying their trade in Great Britain.

Wales’ squad meanwhile is entirely British-based with the exception of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.

Here’s a look at some of the latest international squad announcements. The Premier League will pause from August 28 through September 5.