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The hole that Cahill leaves in Australian football

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Five issues Arnold's Australia face

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Tom Rogic, Chris Ikonomidis earn 8/10, cover Australian defensive lapses vs. Syria

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.

Australia progressed to the Asian Cup Round of 16 courtesy of a second-place finish in Group B, but did so in less than convincing fashion by narrowly defeating Syria 3-2 on Tuesday night.

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Despite having pressure put on them by a Syrian team that needed a win to finish second in the group themselves, the Socceroos found just enough grit to get the job done, which will please coach Graham Arnold ahead of the more difficult contests.

The performances -- and goalscoring -- of Awer Mabil and...

Jamie Maclaren suffers as goal-shy Australia humbled by Jordan in Asian Cup

Jordan beat holders Australia in the opening match of the Asian Cup.

Australia started their Asian Cup title defence in their worst possible way with a shock 1-0 defeat to Jordan on Sunday.

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There were very few redeeming features in the Socceroos' performance as they played right into the hands of their opponents. Complete domination of possession meant little as Australia played sideways and backwards passes, allowing Jordan to sit back and defend comfortably. There were a couple of chances created by relative newcomer to the international scene, Awer Mabil,...

Ikonomidis leads the way with 8/10 for Australia as Socceroos beat Palestine

Chris Ikonomidis came into the side and impressed.

Australia bounced back from their opening loss in the Asian Cup, defeating Palestine with relative ease on Friday. Though their 3-0 win will settle some nerves, it was the sort of result the reigning champions should have expected against an opponent ranked 58 places beneath them and there will be harder tests to come.

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The most noticeable difference for the Socceroos from the loss to Jordan last Sunday was the quality of delivery into the opposition penalty area. Too often in their last...

Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea lead expanded field at '19 Asian Cup

Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren backs the team's attacking power heading into the Asian Cup.
Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan speaks on the surreal feeling of reaching 50 appearances for Australia.

The newly-expanded 2019 Asian Cup that kicks off on Saturday in Abu Dhabi with hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) against Bahrain may feature some new teams but those contesting the final on Feb. 1 in the same city are likely to be more than familiar.

The usual quartet of Japan, South Korea, Australia and Iran are favourites among a field that now contains 24 runners instead of 16. Only the last of that quartet still have the same coach in the UAE as they had in Russia last summer at the World Cup....

Australia's Asian Cup begins with Socceroos depleted but full of promise

Australia's quest to become the fifth nation to successfully defend an Asian Cup title will hinge on the depth of their squad when the tournament kicks off in the United Arab Emirates this weekend.

To hoist the trophy aloft on home soil in 2015, Australia needed to overturn an average run of form in which they won just a single game out of 11 matches the year prior. This time around, the Socceroos will have a fresh set of obstacles to overcome.

Injuries have, sadly, already seen off key midfielder...

Australia thrash Oman that does little to answer Arnold's questions ahead of Asian Cup

Milos Degenek, centre, scored for Australia in an all-too-easy tune-up against Oman as new coach Graham Arnold continues preparations for the Asian Cup.
Milos Degenek, centre, scored for Australia in an all-too-easy tune-up against Oman as new coach Graham Arnold continues preparations for the Asian Cup.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- With just a week remaining until Australia's AFC Asian Cup title defence begins in earnest, Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold had one final chance to assess the merits of his squad with a friendly hit-out against Oman at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.

A 3-0 lead by half-time became a 5-0 Australian victory at the full-time and means the Socceroos head into the Asian Cup on a four-game unbeaten streak under their new boss. However, the match...