Fri, Jan 11 2019
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PALPAL0
AUSAUS3
Australia's Asian Cup campaign is finally under way after a comfortable 3-0 win over Palestine in Dubai.

The Socceroos, beaten 1-0 by Jordan in their opening match, secured victory over a limited Palestine outfit to move into second in the group.

Jamie Maclaren's first goal for the Socceroos in the 18th minute and a strike by Awer Mabil two minutes later gave Australia a 2-0 halftime lead before substitute Apostolos Giannou sealed the win in injury time in the second half.

Coach Graham Arnold made three changes to his starting line-up and all made a difference with Chris Ikonomidis, Jackson Irvine and Rhyan Grant starting in place of Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo and the injured Josh Risdon.

The victory means a point against Syria in their final group match in Al Ain on Tuesday will be enough to put the Socceroos into the competition's knockout stages.

Arnold had demanded a reaction from his players to the Jordan match and he got it with Australia taking an early lead at the Rashid Stadium.

Maclaren broke his duck for Australia in his 10th appearance for the national team to open the scoring. The Hibernian striker's angled header found the far corner of the net after a good cross by Tom Rogic.

Within two minutes the lead had doubled when Ikonomidis found Awer Mabil at the back post and the South Sudanese refugee slammed home from close range.

Irvine twice came close to extending the lead with headers while Mabil probably should have had a second when he skied a shot after some clever work by Maclaren.

Giannou, on for Maclaren, put some gloss on the performance when he nodded home an Ikonomidis cross at the far post in 90th minute.

The only blemish for Australia was a late yellow card for defender Trent Sainsbury for time-wasting, which him rule out of the Syria game due to suspension.

Palestine, who picked up their first Asian Cup point against Syria last Sunday, toiled hard but were limited to half chances with Sainsbury and Milos Degenek largely untroubled at the back.

Palestine's final group match will be against group leaders Jordan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
PLAYERS
PALAUS
22
Ikram Rami Hamada
Mathew Ryan
1
7
Musab Battat
Milos Degenek
2
15
Abdallatif Al Bahdari
Trent Sainsbury
20
14
Abdallah Jaber
Aziz Behich
16
21
Alexis Norambuena
Rhyan Grant
4
6
Shadi Shaban
Tom Rogic
23
23
Muhamad Darwish
Mark Milligan
5
9
Tamer Seyam
Jackson Irvine
22
8
Jonathan Cantillana
Jamie Maclaren
9
19
Mahmoud Wadi
Christopher Ikonomidis
15
20
Nazmi Albadawi
Mabil
21
Substitutes
2
Daniel Mustafá
Robbie Kruse
10
11
Yashir Pinto
Mitch Langerak
12
17
Pablo Tamburrini
Matthew Jurman
6
12
Khaled Salem
Danny Vukovic
18
5
Tamer Salah
Apostolos Giannou
14
10
Sameh Maraaba
Mathew Leckie
7
13
Jaka Ihbeisheh
Mustafa Amini
17
1
Tawfiq Ali Abduhammad
Joshua Risdon
19
18
Oday Dabbagh
James Jeggo
13
3
Mohammed Bassim Rashid
Massimo Luongo
8
16
Amr Kaddoura
Andrew Nabbout
11
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