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Tim Cahill hat trick sees Australia ease past Bangladesh in AFC WCQ

Cahill has now scored 45 goals in 88 international games since making his Australia debut in 2004.

Australia's record-scorer Tim Cahill grabbed a first half hat trick as the Asian champions eased to a 4-0 victory over Bangladesh in an AFC 2018 World Cup qualifier in Dhaka on Tuesday night.

Cahill took his Socceroos' tally to 45 goals in 88 international matches as he opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a simple header before adding to his account in the 32nd and 38th minutes.

Captain Mile Jedinak grabbed Australia's fourth goal two minutes before half-time before a more resilient defensive...

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North Korea, Qatar win to stay in first place in World Cup qualifying groups

North Korea, Qatar, Thailand and Jordan all won on Tuesday to maintain their group leads in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup.

Jong Il Gwan's 12th-minute penalty gave North Korea a 1-0 win over Yemen in Group H.

The North Koreans opened a four-point lead over Uzbekistan, who have a game in hand.

In the other Group H game, Ismail Abdul-Latif and Sayed Adnan both scored early in the second half to give Bahrain their second win in qualifying, 2-0 at home against the Philippines.


 By Kelvin Leong

Singapore captain Hariss wants early World Cup goal vs. Cambodia

Stange is set to give the captain's armband to Hariss for the game against Cambodia. Photo credit: FAS

Singapore captain Hariss Harun has urged his teammates to score early when they face Cambodia in AFC World Cup qualifying at the National Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Lions are third in Group E, with a chance to move to 10 points, with a third win in their fifth second round match. Hariss and fellow midfielder Safuwan Baharudin will return to the fold against the Cambodians, having been suspended from Thursday's unconvincing 1-0 victory over Afghanistan.

Hariss, who will take over the captain's...

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Singapore winger Faris Ramli "plays more than Ronaldo" says coach Stange

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson review Singapore's narrow 1-0 win over Afghanistan courtesy of a late goal from Khairul Amri.

Singapore stars like Faris Ramli "play more than Cristiano Ronaldo" and need to be given more time to rest during busy international weeks, according to national team coach Bernd Stange.

After Thursday's 1-0 victory over Afghanistan in AFC World Cup qualifying, the Lions will face Cambodia in Group E on Tuesday, also at the National Stadium in Kallang.

Stange gave his players two days off in the wake of the physical contest against the impressive Afghans after they completed a aqua training on Friday...

 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...