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Category: Asian Cup 2019

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‘Football is a message of peace’: Saudi Arabia and Qatar put politics aside

Their governments may be locked in a diplomatic stand-off but Saudi Arabia and Qatar are playing down off-field issues before the Asian Cup matchNo wonder the Asian Football Confederation bans all talk of politics at its competitions. Plenty of games o…

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Refereeing decisions blight wild match as Socceroos advance | Scott McIntyre

The official played a part but, inspired by Tom Rogic, Australia were deserving winners over SyriaIn the middle of 2018 an influential Saudi royal adviser bought an unheralded Egyptian football club, renamed it Pyramids FC and then proceeded to create …

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Tom Rogic late show guides Socceroos past Syria into Asian Cup last 16

Australia 3-2 SyriaMabil 41, Ikonomidis 54, Rogic 90; Khrbin 43, Al-Somah 80 penTom Rogic scored deep into injury-time to ensure the Socceroos emerged from a nervy game against Syria with the win they needed to progress from Group B in second place.Aus…

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Australia v Syria: Asian Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium in Al AinAny thoughts? Email or tweet @NickMiller79 12.41pm GMT Match preview? Match preview. Related: Crunch time for Socceroos with Asian Cup title defence on line against Syria 12.39pm GMT Ryan; Grant, Milliga…

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Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘I should have taken a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup’

The former England and current Philippines coach discusses a recent stint in Sweden’s fifth division, missing out at Manchester City, and his one regret in footballSven-Göran Eriksson doesn’t really do regrets. The Swede has had an extraordinary career…

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Crunch time for Socceroos with Asian Cup title defence on line against Syria

Mark Milligan set to cover for Trent SainsburyMassimo Luongo expected to start in midfieldAustralia’s shock defeat to Jordan threatened to derail the Socceroos’ journey out of Group B, but a comfortable win over Palestine second time out leaves Graham …

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Australian relief palpable as Socceroos’ Asian Cup defence gets back on course | Scott McIntyre

Graham Arnold’s changes have desired effect against limited Palestine side in DubaiThe sight of Mat Ryan – before he donned an AFC branded cap for the second half that made him look like a weekend golfer – running the length of the pitch to celebrate A…

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Mabil and Maclaren put Australia on course for Asian Cup win over Palestine

Palestine 0-3 AustraliaSocceroos’ qualification chances remain alive after victoryWhile tougher challenges lie ahead, the Socceroos answered some of the questions being posed of their quality as they produced a scintillating performance to beat Palesti…

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Palestine v Australia: Asian Cup Group B – live!

Updates from the Socceroos’ crunch game in DubaiAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.39am GMT The @Socceroos warming up #PLEvAUS #AsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/RHeCgufVsc 10.39am GMT Here’s a bit more on Tom Rogic’s diagnosis, a rare skerrick of …

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David Squires on … the first week of the 2019 Asian Cup

Our cartoonist reflects on events in the UAE and a far from ideal opening to the Socceroos’ title defenceTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Broken hand unlikely to stop Tom Rogic facing Palestine at Asian Cup

Socceroos midfielder completes training session Andrew Nabbout also gives coach Graham Arnold boostAttacking midfielder Tom Rogic looks all clear to play in the Socceroos’ Asian Cup clash with Palestine on Friday. While there has been no official word …

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Tom Rogic to be assessed by Socceroos after breaking hand at Asian Cup

Specialist to determine extent of broken bone Australia already missing host of injured playersAustralia’s Asian Cup campaign has suffered yet another injury blow with Tom Rogic breaking a bone in his hand during Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Jordan.The 26-year…

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Margin for error narrows after Socceroos blunted tactically at Asian Cup | Scott McIntyre

A disciplined Jordan side provided Australia’s rivals with a blueprint for victory At least one thing was cleared up as Australia fell to a surprise 1-0 loss in their Asian Cup opener: Scottish punditry doesn’t quite have the grip on Jordanian football…

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India beat Thailand 4-1 to record first Asian Cup win since 1964

• Two goals from captain Sunil Chhetri helped seal victory• Chhetri now has 66 international goalsIndia have recorded their first win at the Asian Cup finals since 1964 after two goals from captain Sunil Chhetri helped them defeat Thiland, overtaking L…

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Socceroos stunned by Jordan as Asian Cup defence gets off to nightmare start

Reigning champions fall to 1-0 defeat in Group B openerAnas Bani Yaseen scores only goal of game in Al AinAfter battles with injuries, Chris Sutton and half of Glasgow, the Socceroos’ Asian Cup title defence got off to the worst possible start with an …

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Australia v Jordan: Asian Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the Socceroos’ Group B opener in Al AinAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 11.01am GMT Australia’s Asian Cup defence is underway! 10.59am GMT The referee tonight is Ahmed Al-Kaf. He is from Oman. Continue reading…

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Australia v Jordan: Asian Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the Socceroos’ Group B opener in Al AinAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.54am GMT The teams are waiting in the tunnel, Australia top to toe in gold, Jordan a block of red. 10.51am GMT Last preview link before we settle into the …

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Australia yet to miss a beat under Arnold, but Asian Cup is true proving ground

First real test of Graham Arnold’s tenure starts on Sunday with Socceroos’ Asian Cup opener against JordanSo far, so good. For all the complaining that came from many sections of Australian football when Graham Arnold was confirmed as the new Socceroos…

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Revenge and an old adversary await Socceroos in tricky Asian Cup group

Australia are more familiar with their Asian opposition but Group B banana skins still loomWhen Graham Arnold took Australia to a first Asian Cup back in 2007 there was talk of winning the title without losing a game.More than a decade on, he is back a…

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Revenge and an old adversary await Socceroos in tricky Asian Cup group

Australia are more familiar with their Asian opposition but Group B banana skins still loomWhen Graham Arnold took Australia to a first Asian Cup back in 2007 there was talk of winning the title without losing a game.More than a decade on, he is back a…