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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...

Jedinak and Cahill inspire Australia to AFC WCQ victory over Kyrgyzstan

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson and Dez Corkhill assess Japan's convincing 3-0 win over Singapore in WCQ.
Thailand moved closer to securing their place in the third round of qualifying after defeating Chinese Taipei 4-2.
Australian captain Mile Jedinak gave the Socceroos the lead from the penalty spot in the 40th minute.

Captain Mile Jedinak helped Australia get their AFC World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a first-half penalty in his comeback from injury in the 3-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra.

Referee Kim Sang-woo pointed to the spot in the 39th minute after the jinking run of substitute Nathan Burns was met by a clumsy challenge from midfielder Islam Shamshiev.

Jedinak, playing his 60th international, placed his spot kick into the top right hand corner past goalkeeper Pavel Matiash in his...

 By John Duerden

Asian football nations could learn from Japan's Rugby World Cup team

Though the team did not make it to the knockout round, Japan's squad at the Rugby World Cup could be a model for Asian footballing nations.

Japan's efforts at the 2015 Rugby World Cup were heroic, and it is cruel indeed when a team wins three out of four matches and still goes home at the end of the group stage. Yet there were plenty of lessons that Asian football teams can learn from Japanese exploits in England over the past few weeks.

Here are five things Asian football can learn from their rugby-playing counterparts in Japan:

1. Be aggressive, even against the very best

Fortune favoured the Brave Blossoms late in the game in a win...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

South Korea win as Japan and Iran draw in international friendlies

The United States lost their third consecutive game at home for the first time since 1997 in an international friendly against Costa Rica.
Jamaica's Errol Stevens, top, fights for the ball with South Korea's Lee Jae-sung.

South Korea won a friendly on Tuesday while Iran and Japan played to a draw as some of Asia's biggest teams had the day off from World Cup qualifying.

South Korea eased to a 3-0 win over Jamaica.

Ji Dong-won opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a header following a corner kick.

Ki Sung-yueng's penalty gave South Korea a 2-0 lead in the second half, and Hwang Ui-jo put the game out of reach.

Iran held Japan to a 1-1 draw in Tehran.

Mehdi Torabi scored for the hosts just before half-time, pouncing...

 By John Duerden

South Korea's consistency paving way in AFC World Cup qualifying

South Korea continued their fine form in 2015 with a slim 1-0 win in Kuwait.
South Korea continued their fine form in 2015 with a slim 1-0 win in Kuwait.

After another round of 2018 World Cup qualification, recent results suggest that Iran might be the continent's top team, according to FIFA's rankings. Or maybe that distinction belongs to continental champions Australia.

Yet when it really comes down to it, overall in 2015, South Korea have been Asia's number one. The Taeguk Warriors, who started the year by reaching the final of the Asian Cup, have been going from strength to strength, as their 1-0 victory in Kuwait on Thursday in a vital qualifier...