Taiwan ended their AFC Challenge Cup campaign on a winning note after thrashing Brunei Darussalam 5-0 in a Group D clash in Colombo on Wednesday. However, the result wasn’t good enough to take them through to the next phase following a 1-1 draw with Pakistan on Saturday and a 2-1 defeat by Sri Lanka on Monday in the four-team qualifying group.
Chen Po-liang, with two, Huang Wei-yi and Kuo Chun-yi were Taiwan’s scorers on Wednesday.
In the day’s other match Sanjeev Shanmugarajah’s late goal saw Sri Lanka draw 2-2 with Pakistan to make next year’s finals.
The Sri Lankans — needing a draw to qualify — were trailing 2-1 in the 88th minute when a strike from Shanmugarajah gave them the point they needed to join hosts India, Tajikistan, North Korea and Group C qualifiers Kyrgyzstan, in next year’s finals.
Sri Lanka topped the group with 7 points, followed by Pakistan (5 points), Taiwan (4) and Brunei (0).