Newcastle: Striker Caitlin Foord got on the scoresheet as Australia beat Jamaica 3-0 on Wednesday to stretch their win streak to seven in an ideal build-up to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 on home soil this year.
The victory at Newcastle, north of Sydney, ensured they won the four-team Cup of Nations - a dress rehearsal for the showpiece tournament in Australia and New Zealand in July-August.
Sam Kerr's side - who face Ireland, Nigeria and Canada in World Cup Group B - also beat Spain 3-2 and the Czech Republic 4-0.
Preview - QF: Foolad Khouzestan FC (IRN) v Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Doha: Foolad Khouzestan have promised another committed and gritty performance when they play Al Hilal SFC in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 (West) quarter-final at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah on Thursday.
Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foolad advanced to the last eight stage with a 1-0 win over Al Faisaly of Saudi Arabia while defending champions Al Hilal cruised to a 3-1 victory over UAE’s Shabab Al Ahli Dubai despite not firing on all cylinders.
Preview - QF: Al Duhail SC (QAT) v Al Shabab (KSA)
Doha: Al Duhail SC and Al Shabab FC expect a no-holds barred contest when they face off in their AFC Champions League™ 2022 (West) quarter-final at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Thursday.
Al Duhail advanced to the last eight tie with a hard-fought 7-6 penalty shootout win over fellow Qatar Stars League side Al Rayyan SC while Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab had a relatively easier outing, defeating Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf 2-0.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2023 Malaysia Super League season kicks off on Friday, while also presenting defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim and last year’s runners-up Terengganu FC with a shot at winning the first silverware on offer during what promises to be a thrilling domestic campaign.
JDT claimed their first-ever treble in Malaysia last season as they won their ninth consecutive league title along with their third Malaysia Cup and second Malaysia FA Cup triumphs, but the competition is expected to be stronger this time around with the league expanding to 14 teams.
The league opener between hosts JDT and Terengganu at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskander Putri will also serve as the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup match — the Southern Tigers having won the trophy last season after overcoming Kuala Lumpur City FC 3-0.
Ahead of the new season, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight.
Europe Wrap: Son seals Tottenham win; Jahanbakhsh nets in Feyenoord victory
Kuala Lumpur: Son Heung-min sealed a 2-0 win for Tottenham Hotspur against West Ham in a London Derby on Sunday that helped them move into the top four in England’s Premier League while Alireza Jahanbakhsh netted for leaders Feyenoord in a crucial win over AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Korean midfielder Lee Kang-in celebrated his 22nd birthday by bagging an assist in Real Mallorca’s win in Spain and Japanese star Reo Hatate’s purple patch continued in Scotland as he scored another brace for Ange Postecoglou’s pacesetting Celtic.
Elsewhere, Ko Itakura’s Borussia Monchengladbach handed a shock defeat to leaders Bayern Munich in Germany and Kim Min-jae’s Napoli preserved their 15-point lead at the top of Italy’s Serie A, so join the-AFC.com as we review how the Asian stars performed across Europe over the past week.