Mark Viduka scored twice in the final 10 minutes to seal a 4-0 win for Australia over Thailand and earn the Socceroos a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup.
Defending champions Japan remained on course for a third straight AFC Asian Cup title and fourth overall as they recovered from a early deficit to outclass Vietnam 4-1 at My Dinh National Stadium on Monday.
Former Uzbekistan midfield dynamo Mirdjalal Kasimov has insisted that despite Maksim Shatskikh’s bright start to the AFC Asian Cup, the Central Asians can take nothing for granted ahead of Wednesday’s make-or-break clash with China.
Isha Lakhani of India lost 6-2, 2-6, 3-6 to the seventh-seeded Vlada Ekshibarova of Uzbekistan in the final of the US$10,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at Khonkan, Thailand.
China coach Zhu Guanghu has not ruled out China qualifying for the next phase of the AFC Asian Cup despite his side relinquishing a two goal lead before drawing 2-2 with Iran on Sunday.
With one round of matches remaining in the group stage of the AFC Asian Cup 2007, there is still plenty to play for with 14 teams in contention for eight places in the quarter-finals of Asia’s premier international football tournament.
Saad Al Harthi’s header three minutes into injury time gave Saudi Arabia a last-gasp 2-1 win over AFC Asian Cup co-hosts Indonesia on Saturday evening.
Korea Republic coach Pim Verbeek has been left hoping his side can overcome Indonesia in their final Group D game on Wednesday after slipping to a late defeat at the hands of Bahrain.