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Ulan Bator: Timor-Leste beat Mongolia 1-0 at the MFF Football Centre on Tuesday and 5-1 on aggregate to reach the second round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Patrick Fabiano was the scorer of game's only goal when he found the net on nine minutes.

Timor Leste had defeated Mongolia 4-1 in the first leg of their qualifying match on March 12 at Municipal Stadium in Dili thanks to Chiquito Do Cormo's double and a goal apiece from Rodrigo Silva and Neto.

Manuel Da Costa Soares’ side will be joined by five other qualifying Round 1 winners in the second round of qualifiers, where the AFC's 34 highest-ranked teams await. The 40 nations will be drawn into eight groups of five teams and compete according to a double round robin format.

The Round 2 qualification matches will be 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 Asian Cup finals and the final round of qualifying for the 2018 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 finals.

Photo: Mongolian Football Federation