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80'
A. Hrustić
Yellow Card
71'
Yin Hongbo
Yellow Card
70'
M. Duke
Goal
3 - 0
26'
M. Boyle
T. Rogić
2 - 0
24'
A. Mabil
Goal
1 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
61% 38%
9
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 9 0
Total Passes 651 412
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Saudi Arabia KSA Saudi Arabia 4 4 0 0 8 3 +5 12 W W W W
2 Australia AUS Australia 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 9 L W W W
3 Oman OMA Oman 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 6 W L L W
4 Japan JPN Japan 4 2 0 2 3 3 0 6 W L W L
5 China PR CHN China PR 4 1 0 3 5 9 -4 3 L W L L
6 Vietnam VIE Vietnam 4 0 0 4 4 10 -6 0 L L L L

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Commentary

FULL TIME: AUSTRALIA 3 CHINA 0 - Australia have got their campaign off to a perfect start!  China showed some life early in the second half but never really looked like troubling the Socceroos' defence.  Australia looked far more clinical in attack and they extended their half time lead when Mitch Duke, who had only just been introduced, pounced on the rebound and found the back of the net.  Three points for Australia who travel now to Hanoi to take on Vietnam whilst China start preparing for a clash with Japan who will have been rocked by a loss at home to Oman.
90' + 3' The tempo has completely dropped now with both sides looking forward to the final whistle.
90' + 1' Mabil once again has been allowed a mountain of space in front of goal - his long range effort is on target but is tipped over the bar by Yan Junling.
90' There will be three additional minutes played in this second half.
89' Aaron Mooy looks to send the ball to the far post however his pass falls short and is comfortably dealt with by the Chinese defence.
R. McGree
T. Rogić
87' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - As the Socceroos start to look towards their next fixture in Vietnam next week, Riley McGree comes on for Tomas Rogić.
Zhang Yuning
Ai Kesen
82' SUBSTITUTION CHINA - Some fresh legs for China with Ai Kesen replaced by Zhang Yuning.
82' With the three points in the bag, the Socceroos look content to take the pace out of the game and wind the clock down to full time.
A. Hrustić
Yellow Card
80' YELLOW CARD AUSTRALIA - A first booking for the Socceroos this evening with Ajdin Hrustić picking up a card for time wasting.
J. Jeggo
J. Irvine
79' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - Jackson Irvine's night is over with James Jeggo to come onto the field.
C. Elder
A. Behich
79' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - More changes for Australia with Callum Elder preparing to make an appearance - he will replace Aziz Behich.
78' WIth no options inside the box, Ajdin Hrustic unleashes from long range but he has dragged the shot well wide of the mark.
77' Rogic waltzes forward with ease and gets to the edge of the penalty area but his shot has been well blocked.
Yin Hongbo
Yellow Card
71' YELLOW CARD CHINA - Hongbo Yin slides in late on Rogic and picks up a booking for his trouble.
M. Duke
Goal
70' GOAL AUSTRALIA (Mitchell Duke) AUSTRALIA 3 CHINA 0 - Australia make it three with the first goal of the second half!  Mabil's cracking shot is saved by Yan Junling but the keeper can only parry the ball straight to Mitch Duke who, fresh onto the field, buries the ball into the back of the net.
M. Duke
A. Taggart
69' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - A double change for the Socceroos with Mitch Duke on and Adam Taggart off.
A. Mooy
M. Boyle
69' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - After receiving treatment on the pitch, Martin Boyle, who has been outstanding this evening, will leave the field to be replaced by Aaron Mooy.
69' A delay here in play with Boyle requiring treatment - he eventually gets to his feet and looks to be ok but he will come to the bench with Australia preparing to make their first substitution.
Wang Shenchao
Yellow Card
67' YELLOW CARD CHINA - Shenchao Wang becomes the first player to go into the ref's book this evening for his challenge on Boyle.
66' Martin Boyle comes up with the intercept and flashes forward but he is upended in the sliding tackle from Wang Shenchao.
Yin Hongbo
Jin Jingdao
63' SUBSTITUTION CHINA - A fourth change for China with Jin Jingdao making way for Yin Hongbo.
63' Terrific persistence from Boyle who works off his marker and into space to release a shot but there is no way past Junling.
62' CHANCE!  The ball falls for Taggart inside the six-yard box however, off balance, he is unable to keep his shot on target.
Wei Shihao
Wu Xinghan
60' SUBSTITUTION CHINA - A change on the hour mark for China with Wei Shihao coming onto the field to replace Wu Xinghan.
60' China have lifted in the opening quarter hour of this second half however have struggled to put any real pressure on the Australian defence.
58' A lapse in defence from China leaves Mabil in plenty of space but he is unable to control the ball which slides through to keeper Yan Junling.
55' The ball inside the area finds Adam Taggart in space however the forward lets himself down with an awkward looking first touch.
53' As was the case in the first half, it is China who are well in control in the opening minutes.
52' An excellent build up from China who find some space inside the area but, fortunately for Australia, Jackson Irvine is in excellent position to disrupt the movement.
50' An early opportunity for China who have won a throw in deep in Australian territory - it will be Wang Shenchao to toss the ball in.
Wang Gang
Yu Dabao
46' SUBSTITUTION CHINA - The second of a double change will see Yu Dabao replaecd by Wang Gang.
Hao Junmin
Zhang Xizhe
46' SUBSTITUTION CHINA - Desperately needing a spark to start the second half, China look to the bench - Zhang Xizhe will be replaced by Hao Junmin.
45' SECOND HALF - It is Australia to get us back underway at Khalifa International Stadium!
HALF TIME: AUSTRALIA 2 CHINA 0 - It is Australia in control at half time at Khalifa International Stadium.  China were outstanding in the opening exchanges and were able to open up the sluggish Socceroos with ease.  However, Australia slowly found their rhythm and it didn't take long for them to get on top - Abil cleverly tapped in for the opener in the 24th minute and Martin Boyle doubled the lead just two minutes later.  Can China fight back - we'll find out shortly with the second half not far away!
45' + 1' Adam Taggart goes down following a challenge from behind from Guangtai and Australia have a free kick just forward of half way.
45' There will be two additional minutes to be played in this first half.
44' The Socceroos, sitting on a two-goal advantage, knock the ball around in midfield and look content to wind the clock down to half time.
43' China have struggled to deal with the pressure applied by Australia in the second half of this opening period.
41' Mabil knocks a pass back to Aziz Behich who has time to measure his shot but he has lifted the ball high and wide of the target.
39' Wu Lei has been the livewire in attack for China in this first half but on this occasion he is outnumbered by the Australian defence.
38' Boyle has been in everything for the Socceroos up forward in this half but on this occasion he can't thread his pass through the Chinese defence.
37' Rogic pulls the trigger but he has blasted his effort straight at Junling who makes a comfortable save.
34' Mabil has found space on the left and attempts to drag the ball back from the by line however Yu Dabao slides in to make the block.
33' China win a turnover and look to go on the counter attack but Wu Lei's looping pass misses the target and bounces over the sideline.
31' After such a promising opening, things have turned south quickly for China who suddenly are struggling to make their passes stick.
T. Rogić
Assist
26' It was Tomas Rogić who put Martin Boyle on a path to goal for Australia's second goal of this first half.
M. Boyle
Goal
26' GOAL AUSTRALIA (Martin Boyle) AUSTRALIA 2 CHINA 0 - Blink and you'd miss it - Australia have made it two in as many minutes!  Boyle, on the burst, gets on the end of the pass and finds space with a deft touch - he unleashes from just outside the area and his shot gives Junling no chance.
A. Mabil
Goal
24' GOAL AUSTRALIA (Awer Mabil) AUSTRALIA 1 CHINA 0 - Australia make the break through and have opened the scoring at Khalifa International Stadium!  Outstanding from Adam Taggart who floats the ball over Junling to find Mabil in front of goal and he lifts his boot over Jiang Guangtai to tap the ball in.
22' Nice control from Awer Mabil at the top of the penalty area - he unloads with an ambitious attempt but it is straight at keeper Yan Junling.
21' It's taken twenty minutes but, after a very rusty start, Australia are starting to find some rhythm.
18' Tomas Rogic floats a pass to the left to Awer Mabil who flicks the ball to a dangerous position in front of goal but he is unable to find anyone in the green and gold.
18' Jackson Irvine has found space inside the penalty area however he drags his left footed attempt well wide of the target.
15' Aziz Behich on the left scoops the ball up towards the goal mouth however China have plenty of numbers to deal with the cross.
12' The ball falls for Jackson Irvine who drives the ball towards goal from just outside the area but China have plenty of numbers in the way.
9' Australia have made a very sluggish start and, as yet, have been unable to apply any pressure on the Chinese defence.
6' China link up beautifully down the right and Wu Lei bursts forward with a dashing burst.
5' It's been a bright start from China who are playing with plenty of energy in the opening exchanges.
3' Wu Lei gets on the end of a neat pass inside the penalty area but his shot from the angle only succeeds in finding the side netting.
1' Conditions could not be better for this clash under the roof at Khalifa International Stadium - the pitch looks to be in excellent nick.
1' FIRST HALF - China kick off to get us underway in this Group B clash!
SUBS: Wei Shihao, Alan, Zhang Yuning, Yin Hongbo, Hao Junmin, Liu Dianzuo, Chi Zhongguo, Wang Gang, Li Ang, Gao Zhunyi, Aloísio, Wang Dalei.
CHINA STARTING XI (4-4-2): Yan Junling (GK); Jiang Guangtai, Yu Dabao, Wang Shenchao, Zhang Linpeng; Jin Jingdao, Wu Xi, Wu Lei, Wu Xinghan; Ai Kesen, Zhang Xizhe.
SUBS: Ryan McGowan, Daniel Arzani, Riley McGree, Mitchell Duke, Bailey Wright, Lawrence Thomas, Callum Elder, Milos Degenek, Kenneth Dougall, James Jeggo, Danny Vukovic, Aaron Mooy.
AUSTRALIA STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Mat Ryan (GK); Rhyan Grant, Aziz Behich, Trent Sainsbury, Harry Souttar; Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine; Awer Mabil, Tomas Rogic, Martin Boyle; Adam Taggart.
Let's have a look at how the two sides will line up for this clash.
It wasn't all smooth sailing for China who finished with six wins from their eight fixtures - although they placed second in their group behind Syria, they qualified for the third round as the best runner up.
Australia barely put a foot wrong in the second round and they finished clear on top of their group with eight wins from their eight matches conceding just two goals in the process.
Welcome to Khalifa International Stadium where Australia and China will kick off their campaign in the third and final round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers.