Asian Cup roundup: Hosts Australia win big in opener after wobble


The 2015 AFC Asian Cup kicked off in Melbourne on Friday morning, as hosts Australia survived an early scare to beat Kuwait 4-1 in their Group A opener.

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Hussain Fadhel put Kuwait 1-0 up in the eighth minute to shock the home crowd at the Rectangular Stadium, but New York Red Bulls attacker Tim Cahill equalized before Massimo Luongo made it 2-1. After the break the Socceroos settled down as Mile Jedinak slammed home a penalty kick, then James Troisi finsihed off Kuwait in the final minute to make it 4-1.

Australia face Oman in Sydney on Tuesday, while Kuwait will take on South Korea in Canberra in the next round of matches in Group A.

PL player watch: Crystal Palace’s captain Mile Jedinak scored a second half penalty to ease Australia’s nerves. A typically combative display.

MLS player watch: Tim Cahill did it again, as the 35-year-old equalized with a clinical finish before his trademark celebration. Expected to retire from the Socceroos after this tournament, the New York Red Bulls man is off to a flier.

Saturday’s fixtures:

Group A
Midnight ET – South Korea vs. Oman

Group B
2 a.m. ET, Uzbekistan vs. North Korea
3 a.m. ET, Saudi Arabia vs. China PR