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Asian Cup 2018

After being held to a frustrating 0-0 draw in their opening game v South Korea, the Matildas (pictured) got their Asian Cup campaign up-and-running with an 8-0 win against 35th-ranked Vietnam. The goalscorers included Chloe Logarzo, Emily van Egmond, Alanna Kennedy, Kyah Simon and a double to Samantha Kerr plus an own goal to Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung. In the other group match, South Korea drew 0-0 with Japan which leaves Australia and Japan equal top of the group, with the Matildas ahead of goal difference and setting up a delicious final game of the group stage on Friday night at 2345 AEST. 

As Val Migliaccio in Amman points out, a win against Japan will not only firm the Matildas as favourites to take out the Asian Cup - a status they went into the tournament with - but also, of course, qualify them for next year's Women's World Cup in France. A loss by the Matildas would "throw everything into chaos". Amongst other things, the match was also the tournament debuts for 19-year-old Alex Chidiac and 17-year-old Ellie Carpenter. It's always worth reading Migliaccio's match reports - you won't miss a detail. 


Melbourne City

Asia is the "next frontier" for Melbourne City who are well-placed to finish third in the qualifying spot for the 2019 Asian Champions League. 

Western Sydney Wanderers

Was Sydney FC's win v Adelaide United "the ultimate cross-city favour" for Western Sydney Wanderers? It's very doubtful, but nonetheless the easy win for Sydney certainly helped Western Sydney as much as any other team. Now, a similar win would see the Wanderers leapfrog Adelaide United on the ladder setting-up a meeting with the fourth placed team. But Josh Risdon says the only permutation they're focussed on is the simple one - winning. 

A-League expansion

Ray Gatt reports that Southern Expansion, the potential A-League franchise headed by Morris Iemma and Craig Foster, will put "fans first" allowing one male and one female member to be part of the governance and management of the club - a governance structure long recommended by FIFA reform advocacy group, #NewFIFANow

“Our members will have a voice around the table and ensure Southern is a community-based, member-engaged club. Over the past 12 months, we’ve explored various models of member involvement in modern professional sporting clubs and what we’ve found is that clubs require significant private business ownership and funding to be successful and sustainable. But they often lose contact with their members and fans. This won’t happen at Southern," Iemma told Gatt. 


News Corp has an update on 'Aussies Abroad'.

  • The opening point is that "error-prone" Brad Jones had a bad day at the office on the weekend (we reported it earlier in the week) with an "atrocious blunder".
  • Trent Sainsbury played for 86 minutes after a lay-off from injury, switching to a defensive midfield role; he was somewhat bizarrely rugby-tackled during the match. 
  • As also repeated earlier, Sebastian Pasquali scored a goal for Young Ajax. 
  • Jackson Irvine's Hull City "smashed" Massimo Luongo's QPR, 4-0. Luongo played for 59 minutes; Irvine was brought on as a 59th minute substitute at which time Hull was leading 2-0. 
  • Danny Vukovic kept a clean sheet in Gent's 1-0 win over Standard Liege.
  • Tomi Juric was an 80th minute substitute. 
  • Robbie Kruse scored in his Bundesliga 2 match.
  • Mathew Leckie didn't play due to a neck injury but is due back next week. 
  • Mat Ryan's Brighton met Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield for a 1-1 draw, with Ryan - like Jones - also conceding a shocker.
  • Mile Jedinak was an unusued substitute.
  • Tim Cahill was an 83rd minute substitute. 
  • Jamie McLaren played 56 minutes.
  • Tom Rogic didn't play in Celtic's 2-1 win.
  • Mustafa Amini played a full game in Denmark.
  • Aziz Behich played a full game in Turkey. 
  • Andrew Nabbout was brought on for Urawa Reds in the 62nd minute.
  • Mitch Langerak's side was defeated 3-0.
  • Milos Degenek played a full game for Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama Marinos for a 1-1 draw. 

Not sure why anyone is surprised that Tony Popovic didn't get a call for the Socceroos coaching role. Graham Arnold getting the job longterm has been the longtime plan for quite a while - at least before Popovic made his sudden move to Turkey. 

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