Australia hit six against Chinese Taipei to set up Korea Republic decider
The Australian U-23 national team are one step closer to the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship after defeating Chinese Taipei 6-0 on Sunday evening.
Having beaten Cambodia by the same scoreline in their Group H opener on Saturday morning, Graham Arnold’s side dominated proceedings again on matchday two.
Three Hyundai A-League players were on the score sheet for Australia, with young Western Sydney Wanderers forward Abraham Majok striking twice before Melbourne Victory defender Thomas Deng added a third on the stroke of half-time.
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Majok’s Wanderers teammate Tass Mourdoukoutas headed in from a corner shortly after the break and Cerezo Osaka striker Pierce Waring completed the result with two classy efforts.
Australia are now level on points with Korea Republic after the young Taeguk Warriors beat Cambodia 6-1 in the second round of matches.
Arnold’s side can seal their qualification for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship should they defeat Korea Republic in their final group match on Tuesday evening (9.00pm AEDT kick off).
The fifth-best second-placed team from the 11 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) groups will also qualify should Thailand – who have qualified automatically for the tournament as hosts – finish as either winners or runners-up in Group K.
Upcoming Match | Australia U-23 National Team
Korea Republic U-23 v Australia U-23 (2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualification – Group H)
Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Venue: Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Kick-off: 5.00pm (local); 9.00pm (AEDT)