Australia beat China to finish first in their group in Asian Qualifiers

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The third leg of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup began this Thursday. In a match played in Doha, Qatar, the host of the next World Cup, Australia and China faced each other in a match that ended in a 3–0 victory for the Oceania team.

The start of the game was balanced, with China doing well in defense against the Australian attacks. That was until the 23rd minute, when Mabil got a beautiful shot in the middle and hit the goalkeeper’s defence. Attentive to the rebound, Taggart turned back to Mabil, who extended his leg to send the net.

Shortly thereafter, at 26, Australia would move into second place with Boyle, who received in the middle, cut to the right at the entrance of the field and hit a cross to score a beautiful goal. In the second half, at 15, Duke took advantage of Mabel’s kick and sent it to a free goal to score the third.

With the result, the winners occupy, albeit very early, first place in Bracket B, while China is now in last place. The first two placed in Groups A and B, consisting of six members each, qualify for the World Cup.

Check out all the results for this Thursday’s Asian Qualifiers:

Japan 0 x 1 Oman

South Korea 0 x 0 Iraq

Iran 1 x 0 Syria

United Arab Emirates 0 x 0 Lebanon

Saudi Arabia 0 x 1 Vietnam

Australia 3 x 0 China

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