Australia qualifies for East Asian Cup final tournament

2012-12-09 13:45:48 GMT2012-12-09 21:45:48(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HONG KONG, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Australia needed just over half an hour to join Japan, China and South Korea in next year's East Asian Cup after beating Chinese Taipei 8-0 at the Hong Kong Stadium here on Sunday.

With DPR Korea beating hosts Hong Kong, China 4-0 in Sunday's earlier match, Australia knew they needed at least five golds against world's No. 176 Chinese Taipei to better the DPR Koreans' goal difference of plus 14.

The Socceroos needed over half an hour to secure their East Asian Cup berth. Richard Garcia scored his maiden international goal in the 11th minute. Scott Jamieson forced a save from Chinese Taipei goalkeeper Lu Kun-Chi six minutes later and with the rebound falling to Robert Cornthwaite who didn't waste the chance.

Adam Taggart found the back of the net twice and Aziz Behich secured Australia's East Asian Cup debut with a header in the 33rd minutes as Australia went 5-0 up.

Aaron Molly and Behich enlarged the lead to 7-0 before Chinese Taipei defender Yang Cha0-Hsun made in an own goal 10 minutes to the end.

Veteran captain Brett Emerton was later named man of the tournament as he scored the only goal in Australian's opening match against host Hong Kong, China with a 1-0 victory.

Australia will face Japan, South Korea and China in the final tournament of the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup which will be held in South Korea from July 20th to 28th, 2013.

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