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Asian Cup: Champions Australia stumble but big boys make it, Yemen bow out

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
Australia made it through but had to dig deep.

The group stage of the 2019 Asian Cup is over, but there have been plenty of talking points from the competition so far. Here are five things you may have missed.

Champions Australia stumble but big boys stroll through

At the end of Australia's opening game defeat to Jordan, the dry desert air was abuzz with talk of an upset. Could the champions, with their injuries and seeming underestimation of their group rivals, be heading for an early exit?

However, when only eight teams out of 24 are eliminated...

Australia's Matthew Leckie training at Asian Cup 'like buying a new player' - Sainsbury

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

Mathew Leckie is back in full training and his impending return of is set to deliver a massive boost to Australia's Asian Cup campaign.

Leckie has missed all of the Socceroos build-up and matches in the UAE due to a hamstring injury suffered in December before the tournament while playing in Germany for Hertha Berlin.

The 27-year-old however completed his first full session with the Socceroos in Al Ain on Friday ahead of Monday's round-of-16 clash with Uzbekistan.

The emergence of youngsters Chris...

Asian Cup: Qatar down Saudi Arabia to win Group E; Japan through to knockouts

Qatar's Almoez Ali took his tally to seven goals in three games at the Asian Cup, netting twice in a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday to ensure Felix Sanchez's side advanced to the last 16 as Group E winners.

Ali scored a goal in each half to see off the Saudis, after Qatar captain Hassan Al Haydos had missed a penalty three minutes before half-time.

Al Duhail forward Ali capitalised on hesitation in the Saudi defence to beat the offside trap and slot the ball past Mohammed Al Owais in first-half...

Son Heung-min's South Korea overcame China, but Team Dragon still have Wu Lei to call on

Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16.
After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate.
Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine.
Uzbekistan prevailed 2-1 over Oman in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener courtesy of Eldor Shomurodov's late winner.

South Korea have Son Heung-min, and China have Wu Lei. The two may not be at the same level in terms of talent or renown, but the Chinese attacker is as important to Marcello Lippi's side as Son is to Paulo Bento's. This was made all the more clear on Wednesday when the teams met in their final group game at the Asian Cup.

The Chinese were always going to find it tough against South Korea in Abu Dhabi. But without Wu -- sidelined by a shoulder injury -- it was almost mission impossible as they sank...

Japan's Hajime Moriyasu unfazed by potential Asian Cup round of 16 clash with Australia

Ritsu Doan added to Yuya Osaka's two goals to ensure Asian Cup favourites Japan kicked off their tournament with a 3-2 win.
Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16.
After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate.
After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine.
Uzbekistan prevailed 2-1 over Oman in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener courtesy of Eldor Shomurodov's late winner.

Japan are out to win their group in the Asian Cup, but not due to any fear of meeting defending champions Australia in the knockout stage.

The Samurai Blue face Uzbekistan in Al Ain on Thursday needing a victory to avoid a second round clash with the Socceroos in the same city.

The four-time Asian Cup champions have already secured their passage to the last 16 after winning their group matches against Turkmenistan and Oman.

But they trail the Uzbeks on goal difference heading into Thursday's clash,...