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Guam celebrate first-ever World Cup qualifying win

Reuters and AFP, SYDNEY

Tiny Guam beat Turkmenistan 1-0 to record their first ever FIFA World Cup qualifying victory as the second-round campaign begun in Asia yesterday.

Hosting their first ever World Cup match, the island nation were gifted the only goal on the artificial turf at the National Training Center after Serdar Annaorazov turned into his own net in the 14th minute.

The Turkmenistan player was credited with the final touch after the visitors allowed Ryan Guy’s long throw to bounce in their penalty area and cause havoc.

Guam, a US territory of fewer than 200,000 people, who were beaten 16-0 by Tajikistan in their last World Cup match in 2000, went top of Group D.

Meanwhile, the Socceroos were in a pay dispute with Football Federation Australia (FFA) just days before their opening qualifier.

Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) said it had launched legal action against the FFA, alleging the nation’s governing body had not handed over match payments and commercial bonuses.

The dispute comes with the Socceroos in training in Dubai ahead of their opening World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday next week and its timing immediately drew fire from the FFA.

“The PFA’s decision to make public statements about a confidential and independent dispute resolution process days before a FIFA World Cup qualifier is inappropriate and unnecessarily disruptive,” FFA chief executive David Gallop said in a statement.

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