Sunday, 13 January 2019

Defeating Palestine, Asian Cup Defending Champion Keep the Chance of Group Qualification

By news-admin

Australia National Team – The Asian Cup defending champion, Australia, forgot the 0-1 defeat against Jordan. Playing the second match of Group B in 2019 Asian Cup against Palestine, Friday (11/1), Australia won 3-0.

Graham Arnold squad won by the goals from Jamie Maclaren (18′), Awer Mabil (20′), and Apostolos Giannou (90′). The victory keeps the hope to the knockout round.

Australia are the runner-up with three points behind Jordan who qualified with six points. In the upcoming match, Australia would play against Syria.

Australia could qualify if they win or play draw and Jordan win or draw against Palestine. Or simply: Australia won against Syria.

“Now it’s all about the Syria game. We’ll get back on the training field, and recover well. We’ll go into the Syria game with all guns blazing and expecting to win. We’ll get better and better as we go,” Arnold told The National.

Meanwhile, on the other match, Group C, both teams qualified for the knockout round. They are China and South Korea. China won against the Southeast Asia team, the Philippines under Sven-Goran Eriksson with a 3-0 score.

China under Marcello Lippi won by the two goals from Wu Lei (40′ and 66′) and one goal from Yu Dabao (80′). Both coaches are the best in Europe and in that match, with a better squad, Lippi won the match against Eriksson.

China and South Korea won with six points. Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan and Philippines have no point. In a different time, South Korea won 1-0 against Kyrgyzstan by the only goal from Kim Min-jae at 41′.

Consequently, there are three players qualified for the knockout round. Besides South Korea and China, Jordan also ensured one ticket by six points achievement from Group B.

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