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AFC ASIAN CUP 2019

Australia bounce back from opening loss with easy victory

Goals by MacLaren, Mabil and Giannou earned the Socceroos a comfortable win over Palestine in Asian Cup Group B on Friday.

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Australia's forward Apostolos Giannou (3rd-R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group B football match between Palestine and Australia at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on January 11, 2019. (Photo by Ka
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Check out the full schedule for the AFC Asian Cup Round of 16 fixtures

Palestine vs Australia: as it happened

Palestine v Australia: preview 

Australia may be the AFC Asian Cup defending champions, but coach Graham Arnold claimed that the achievements of 2015 are irrelevant ahead of Friday's must-win Group B fixture against Palestine.

On FIFA ranking and on paper, it should be a straightforward assignment for the Australian side but that was the general vie ahead of the Group B opener against Jordan.

Following the shock opener, the pressure is certainly on Arnold and the Socceroos as Palestine recorded a 0-0 draw in their first game against Syria.

AUSTRALIA SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Mitch Langerak

Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Rhyan Grant, Matthew Jurman, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury 

Midfielders: Mustafa Amini, Jackson Irvine, James Jeggo, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Tom Rogic

Forwards: Apostolos Giannou, Chris Ikononomidis, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout

PALESTINE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Tawfiq Ali, Amr Kaddura, Rami Hamadeh

Defenders: Daniel Mustafá, Mohammed Saleh, Tamer Salah, Musab Al-Battat, Jaka Ihbeisheh, Abdullah Jaber, Abdelatif Bahdari, Alexis Norambuena

Midfielders: Mohammed Bassim, Shadi Shaban, Jonathan Cantillana, Tamer Seyam, Sameh Maraaba, Pablo Tamburrini, Oday Dabbagh, Nazmi Albadawi, Mohammed Darweesh

Forwards: Yashir Islame, Khaled Salem, Mahmoud Wadi

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