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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...

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,...

Australia hopeful Andrew Nabbout will be fit for Asian Cup round of 16 clash

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.
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.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold remains hopeful attacker Andrew Nabbout will still feature in Australia's Asian Cup campaign.

The 26-year-old Nabbout is yet to feature in the United Arab Emirates after he suffered a groin injury in the final training session before Australia's opener against Jordan on Jan. 6.

He was expected to return to action in Tuesday's final Group B clash with Syria but aggravated the injury in the final training session before the match.

Despite fears Nabbout's tournament is...

Asian Cup: Son starts as South Korea beat China to win group; Iran top Group D

South Korea beat China 2-0 to secure top spot in Group C at the Asian Cup on Wednesday as Tottenham's Son Heung-min made his first appearance in the tournament for Paulo Bento's side.

The Spurs forward arrived from London on Monday following his club's Premier League loss to Manchester United and was not expected to start South Korea's final group encounter.

Yet with the Koreans needing a win to claim pole position, Bento selected the 26-year-old and goals from Hwang Ui-jo and Kim Min-jae secured...