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Asian Cup wrap: Australia wins first game, South Korea, China qualify for knockout round

Palestine v Australia - AFC Asian Cup Group B

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 11: Awer Mabil of Australia celebrates with team mates after scoring their team’s second goal during the AFC Asian Cup Group B match between Palestine and Australia at Rashid Stadium on January 11, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Australia won its first game at the Asian Cup with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Palestine.

The Socceroos used first half goals from Jamie Maclaren and Awer Mabil at the end of great crosses to gain control before Greek-born striker Apostolos Giannou scored in the 90th minute to put a bow on the match.

The win puts Australia back in the running for the knockout round after it was surprised in its opener with a 1-0 loss to Jordan. A win over Syria on Tuesday would ensure a place in the next round for the Socceroos.

Elsewhere, both China and South Korea picked up their second wins in the competition. Former Benfica signee Yu Dabao scored his second goal of the tournament in, tying him with teammate Wu Lei, who had a brace as China beat the Phillippines. South Korea, without Heung-min Son beat Kyrgyzstan.