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Qualifiers - Group H: Australia, Laos back on track

Friday, November 8, 2019
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Kaohsiung City: Australia and Laos revived their hopes of advancing to the AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 Finals after beating Macau and Chinese Taipei respectively on Friday.

The wins saw both of them tied on four points, with the young Socceroos leading the group on goal difference.

Australia will face Chinese Taipei on Sunday, while Laos play Macau.

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Macau 0-6 Australia

Australia enjoyed a dream start, going ahead through Alberto Del Grosso's sublime header off a set-piece in the fifth minute, before John Roberts doubled their advantage from a similar situation in the 37th minute.

Marco Tillio's effort three minutes later ensured Australia a comfortable lead heading into the break.

Gianluca Iannucci made it 4-0 four minutes into the second half, before Tilio added one more to his name in the 55th.

Tilio completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute and they now await Chinese Taipei.

Laos 2-1 Chinese Taipei

Two first half goals secured Laos a 2-1 win over Chinese Taipei.

Chinese Taipei had recorded an 8-0 win over East Asian rivals Macau in their opener but Laos proved to be tougher opponents.

Laos opened the scoring in the 34th minute through Anousone Xaypanya's effort, before Bounmy Pinkeo doubled their advantage seven minutes later.

Chinese Taipei bounced back with Lin Chun Kai reducing their deficit in the 51st minute

Despite bringing in Cheng Fu Sung and Lai Wei in the 68th and 77th minutes, the East Asians, however, failed to find the equaliser they needed as Laos held on strong to secure the win.

The 11 group winners and four best runners-up will join hosts Uzbekistan in the 2020 Finals.

Tajikistan have already qualified as Group C winners and should Uzbekistan finish either top of Group F of the Qualifiers or are among the best four second-placed teams, the fifth best runners-up will qualify.

Group A of the Qualifiers - featuring Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait and Pakistan - will be played on November 22-30 in Muscat, Oman.

Photos: Chinese Taipei Football Association

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