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Australia thrash Oman in AFC Asian Cup warmup match

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Australia captain Mark Milligan is happy his side is getting "into the habit of scoring goals" after the defending champions thrashed world No. 82 Oman 5-0 in an Asian Cup warm-up.

The Socceroos got off to a lively start with goals to Andrew Nabbout and Chris Ikonomidis in the first 13 minutes, with former Adelaide United striker Awer Nabil adding a third on 23 minutes at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Sunday.

The procession continued after the break with centre half Milos Degenek scoring...

Former Socceroos boss Pim Verbeek appointed Oman head coach

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Pim Verbeek has been appointed by Oman as their new head coach.

Former Socceroos boss Pim Verbeek has been confirmed as the new coach of the Oman national team.

The Dutchman -- who steered Australia at the 2010 World Cup -- succeeds Spaniard Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, who quit last month, and will be officially unveiled to media later on Tuesday in Muscat.

Verbeek, 60, arrived in Oman at the weekend to finalise the deal, flying in from Sydney, where his daughter lives.

It marks a return to Asian football for Verbeek, who previously coached South Korea and was an...

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South Korea and Japan win warm up for qualifiers with friendly wins

Lee Jeong-Hyeop was on target in South Korea's 2-0 win over Canada.

South Korea chalked up a 2-0 home win over Canada as Kim Bo-Kyung and Lee Jeong-Hyeop struck inside the opening half hour.

Korea, who face Uzbekistan in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, took the lead after 10 minutes when Kim was played through to beat Canada goalkeeper Simon Thomas.

They made it two in the 25th minute when Canada failed to clear their lines and Lee fired home from just outside the penalty area.

Yuya Osako grabbed two goals as Japan cruised to a 4-0 win over Oman in Kashima.

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China keep alive their 2018 World Cup hopes, as Australia and Japan cruise

China completed a remarkable transformation in their 2018 World Cup AFC qualifying campaign after a 2-0 victory over Qatar saw them advance to the third round on the road to Russia. 

Facing elimination if they failed to win in Xian, China brought the game to life just before the hour. Qatari goalkeeper Amine Lecomte saved from point-blank range but was helpless as the rebound was hit against the underside of the bar and bounced out.

The ball found its way to Huang Bowen, whose shot on the turn...