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Shah Alam: Palestine scored three goals in either half as they whipped Malaysia 6-0 in their second 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifying match at Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday.

Sameh Maraaba (22’, 75’, pictured) and Tamer Seyam (41’, 89’) scored a double apiece with Musab Battat opening the scoring after nine minutes while substitute Khader Abuhammad also got on the score-sheet on 63 minutes.

Palestine have now won one of their two games and sit third in Group A while Malaysia sit bottom of the five-team group.

The participating teams will compete according to a double round robin format, with the Round 2 qualification matches being held between June 11, 2015 and March 29, 2016.

The group winners and four best runners-up (total 12 teams) will advance to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals and the final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The next best 24 teams from the preliminary stage of the joint qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining slots (12 slots or 11 slots + 1 slot for the host) in the 24-team 2019 Asian Cup.

Photo: AFP

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