Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Cambodia beat neighboring Laos 4-2 in the opening leg of their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
Visiting Laos took a ninth-minute lead through teenage midfielder Manolom Phomsouvanh but that advantage was overturned in a hectic period that saw four goals scored between the 51st and 67th minutes.
Khuon Laboravy equalized for Cambodia and substitute Samel Nasa put the hosts ahead. Phomsouvanh got his second to equalize for Laos, but striker Kouch Sokumpheak put Cambodia back in front soon after.
Nasa got his second in the 88th minute to provide a handy two-goal buffer for Cambodia before Sunday`s return leg. The winner will play China in the second qualifying round.