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Hong Kong fans turn back on Chinese anthem

Hong Kong fans turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem
Hong Kong fans turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem.

Thousands of Hong Kong football fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before their World Cup qualifier against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm.

The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong," a song reflecting their campaign for more democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

After the match started, fans chanted "Fight for freedom" and "Revolution of our Times." One person carried a blue...

 By John Duerden

Philippines rally to make history and qualify for first-ever Asian Cup

The Philippines, needing a point against Tajikistan to qualify for the Asian Cup, came back to win 2-1 in Manila.

The Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila is closer to downtown than most Asian stadiums. It is also small and almost falling apart, but it has a sense of history and it certainly witnessed something historic on Tuesday as the Philippines qualified for a first-ever Asian Cup, to be held in 2019.

It was as tense and as tight as the legendary traffic jams in the country's capital, but eventually the national team came from behind to defeat Tajikistan 2-1 and top Group F. It means that next January,...

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Philippines, Yemen both qualify for Asian Cup for first time

Philippines beat Tajikistan to advance to the Asian Cup.

Philippines, North Korea and Yemen earned the final three qualification places for next year's Asian Cup on Tuesday.

Philippines beat Tajikistan 2-1 in Manila to secure their spot, a result that also meant Yemen qualified before they even took the pitch against Nepal.

Needing a draw to qualify, Philippines -- managed by former United States international Thomas Dooley -- fell behind in the 64th minute as Ahktam Nazarov converted a penalty.

But Kevin Ingreso equalised with a header 10 minutes later,...

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Malaysia, Singapore fall to record lows in FIFA rankings

Singapore and Malaysia have slipped to new lows in the latest FIFA rankings after both endured a miserable 2017.

Neither side won a fixture last year, as they fell out of contention for a place at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

This performance was reflected in the updated list, which saw both countries drop one more spot to establish new all-time lows.

Singapore now sit in 173rd place, while the Harimau Malaya are two places beneath them at 175.

The rankings stress the scale of the task facing Malaysia's...

 By Paul Murphy

Malaysia coach Tan Cheng Hoe prepared for 'anything and everything'

New Malaysia national coach Tan Cheng Hoe says he's prepared for "anything and everything" as he tries to turn around a team who haven't won a match in more than a year.

The Harimau Malaya have endured a miserable 2017, with former Saudi Arabia boss Nelo Vingada quitting after only half a year following six defeats in seven games in charge.

Former assistant Tan steps up to fill the void after his appointment last week, with Malaysia's FIFA world ranking at a record low of 174th.

FAM boss Tunku Ismail...