2015 AFC Asian Cup: Australia gets Opening Day Win vs. Kuwait

Santino Honasan on Jan 10, 2015 12:05 PM
2015 AFC Asian Cup: Australia gets Opening Day Win vs. Kuwai
(Photo Courtesy of www.afcasiancup.com) Australia's Tim Cahill scored his 37th international goal to help Australia defeat Kuwait, 4-1.

 Tournament hosts Australia kicked off the AFC Asian Cup last Friday, January 9 with a 4-1 win over Kuwait at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Kuwait’s Hussein Fadhel had the home-crowd biting their nails early after converting on an eight minute header to put the Al-Azraq ahead, 1-0.

The Socceroos answered back however, with Tim Cahill scoring the equalizer in the 33rd minute for his 37th international goal. Just before the halftime whistle sounded, 22-year old Massimo Luongo scored in his first international goal to put Australia ahead 2-1 going into the break. 

In the second half, the boys from down under pulled away thanks to a penalty conversion from team captain Mile Jenidak, who knocked in his seventh international goal. James Troisi sealed the game with a shot from the left side to make it 4-1 for the Socceroos 

Australia will be looking for their second win in the tournament as they take on Oman on Tuesday, January 13. Kuwait will be looking to bounce back against South Korea (Korea Republic) on the same day.

Game Recall:

 

Australia               4 – 1                     Kuwait

Cahill 33’                                  Fadhel 8’

Luongo 45’

Jedinak 62’ (pen)

Troisi 90+2’

Matchday 2 will feature South Korea (Korea Republic) vs. Oman, Uzbekistan vs. North Korea (Korea DPR), and Saudi Arabia vs. China.

You can catch South Korea vs. Oman on Saturday, Jan 10, 11pm on ABS-CBN Sports + Action

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