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 By John Duerden

Australia lose in Amman while Kagawa bails Japan out against Syria

Australia were downed 2-0 by Jordan in Amman on Thursday night.

The halfway stage of the second round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup was all about the big boys from East Asia -- Japan, South Korea, China -- and beyond (Australia) travelling significant distances to face mid-level West Asian teams away from home.

Two won and two lost in an exciting night of Asian football. There was little to smile about in Amman for Australia as the men in green and gold lost in their second successive visit. The Socceroos crashed in Jordan in qualification for the...

Jordan surprise Australia in World Cup qualifying as Japan, South Korea win

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik questions whether Australia might have been a bit complacent heading into in their AFC World Cup qualifying loss against Jordan.

Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0 on Thursday and move to the top of Group B in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup.

The result, in front of a passionate home crowd in Amman, gave Jordan a one point lead over the Socceroos with four games remaining.

Jordan's pace troubled the Asian Cup winners for most of the game and the hosts took the lead two minutes into the second half when Hassan Abdel Fattah blasted a penalty high into...

A test of character as Dooley's Azkals take a World Cup trip to Pyongyang

After being thrashed by Uzbekistan last month, the Azkals face another tough World Cup qualifying test.

Fresh from a 5-1 home defeat top-seeded Uzbekistan, the Philippines hope for better results as they embark on a gruelling two-game away schedule in AFC World Cup qualifying, starting with an intriguing trip to North Korea.

The Azkals face North Korea on Thursday before travelling to Riffa to play Bahrain on Oct. 13.

After starting the World Cup qualifying campaign with two impressive wins, the Azkals were well and truly brought back to earth with the loss to the Uzbeks so they are obviously keen...

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Son Heung-Min nets hat trick for South Korea, Shinji Kagawa seals Japan win

Tottenham Hotspur's new signing Son Heung-Min scored a hat trick as South Korea recorded an emphatic 8-0 win over Laos in Asian World Cup qualifying Group G.

Son, who signed for Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen last week, was joined on the scoresheet by Lee Chung-Yong, Lee Jae-sung, Chang-Hoon Kwon (two) and Hyun-Jun Suk to make it two wins from as many games.

Also in Group G, Kuwait cruised to a 9-0 win over Myanmar. The hosts already led 6-0 when Zaw Aung was sent off in the 68th minute, and Bader...

 By John Duerden

For China and North Korea, the East Asian Cup can be a confidence builder

China are the hosts for the East Asian Cup and are seeking their their third title.

The East Asian Cup is an unusual tournament.

The trophy itself doesn't really matter; few fans would be able to describe what it looks like much less name the nations to have lifted it since it came into existence in 2003 (China and South Korea have won it twice and Japan have one win).

Yet, lose the three games against close, in all senses of the word, rivals and coaches may find that their positions are not as secure as they think. And if you asked fans in South Korea, Japan, China and North Korea...