Australia U-23s have topped their group in their AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers after defeating host nation Myanmar 3-0 on Sunday night in front of a a noisy 30,000 fans in Yangon.
In their third and final game in the group, Australia showed their class again with incisive play down the flanks again key to this win in front of a huge crowd at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon.
Bruce Kamau's early goal was a good example - the Melbourne City striker's header courtesy of the excellent Jaushua Sotirio's cross.
This early strike helped take the crowd out of the equation but Myanmar showed plenty to suggest this would be Australia's toughest game in the group.
Wanderers' defender Jonathan Aspro's fortuitous header adding a second before the break and his club teammate Sotirio with the third in the second half.
AUSTRALIA'S STARTING XI
Paul Izzo, Nick Cowburn, Jon Aspro, Lachlan Jackson, Stefan Nigro, Joe Caletti, Stefan Mauk, Riley McGree, Bruce Kamau, George Blackwood, Jaushua Sotirio.
Bruce Kamau 6' 1-0
Jonathan Aspro 32' 2-0
Jaushua Sotirio 58' 3-0
The win means Australia now tops Group F with a 100% record. Australia have won all three games scoring 12 times and conceding zero. Previous two group games: a 2-0 win over Brunei Darussalam and a 7-0 win over Singapore.
Myanmar finished second in the group on six points, Singapore third on three and Brunei Darussalam bottom with zero points.
OTHER GROUP QUALIFIERS IN THE TOURNAMENT
Oman (Group A)
Iraq (Group B)
Qatar (Group C)
Uzbekistan (Group D)
Palestine (Group E)
Australia (Group F)
DPR Korea (Group G)
Malaysia (Group H)
Korea Republic (Group I)
Best Second-Placed Teams:
Saudi Arabia (Group B)
Syria (Group C)
Jordan (Group E)
Thailand (Group H)
Vietnam (Group I)
Japan (Group J)
*The AFC U-23 Championships will be held in China next January.
Van Marwijk: Socceroos must create more chances against Denmark
Bert van Marwijk says a repeat of the performance against France is the bare minimum for the Socceroos as they look to keep their FIFA World Cup™ hopes alive against Denmark on Thursday night (AEST). Australia takes on Denmark at 10pm on Thursday in Samara – live on SBS and Op
Press conference: van Marwijk and Behich talk ahead of Socceroos v Denmark
Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk and Aziz Behich have fronted the official pre-match press conference ahead of Australia’s crucial Group C clash against Denmark in Samara on Thursday night (AEST). After a first-up loss to France on the weekend, the Socceroos will be chasing all
UPDATE: 2018 FIFA World Cup™ broadcast details
Optus has announced that all the remaining group matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will now also be simulcast on free-to-air TV on SBS. The decision was announced on Wednesday afternoon as the Telco deals with issues surrounding their service, including dropouts and other fa