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Jan 15, 2015

Inexperienced Qatar pay for errors at Asian Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qatar coach Djamel Belmadi thinks his side has a bright future, including potentially when the Gulf State hosts the 2022 World Cup, despite crashing out of the Asian Cup on Thursday after two defeats.

The Qataris came to Australia with high hopes after winning the Gulf Cup at the end of last year but a 4-1 humbling by United Arab Emirates and Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Iran means they will go home next week.

Jan 13, 2015

Australia sweep into quarter-finals with 4-0 win over Oman

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Hosts Australia swept into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in some style on Tuesday with a 4-0 hammering of Oman at Stadium Australia that ensured South Korea would go through from Group A with them.

Midfielder Matt McKay and striker Robbie Kruse struck inside three minutes just before the half hour mark, Mark Milligan converted a penalty on the stroke of half time and striker Tomi Juric added the fourth in a one-sided second half.

Jan 13, 2015

Australia in control with 3-0 halftime lead over Oman

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia had one foot in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup after goals from Matt McKay, Robbie Kruse and Mark Milligan gave them a 3-0 lead at halftime in their second Group A clash against Oman at Stadium Australia on Tuesday.

Midfielder McKay and striker Kruse struck inside three minutes just before the half hour mark and Milligan converted a penalty on the stroke of half time.

Jan 13, 2015

Australia make three changes for Oman clash

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou made three changes to his side for Australia’s second Group A clash against Oman on Tuesday at Stadium Australia, where the hosts will be looking to secure a place in the last eight of the Asian Cup.

Postecoglou was forced to make at least one change by an ankle injury his skipper Mile Jedinak sustained in the 4-1 victory over Kuwait in their opener in Melbourne last Friday.

Jan 12, 2015

Wozniacki retires in Sydney due to wrist injury

SYDNEY (Reuters) – World number eight Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of her first-round match at the Sydney International with a wrist injury on Monday, just a week before the start of the Australian Open.

The 24-year-old Dane, who lost the final of the Auckland Classic on Saturday, had already had her left wrist strapped when she was forced to retire at 6-4 1-1 down to Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Jan 10, 2015

Smith bemoans poor fielding as Australia fall short

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Steve Smith thinks poor fielding cost Australia an even more emphatic victory over India in the four-match test series which concluded with a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Not too many captains, let alone caretaker captains, have to defend themselves after a series in which his team has won two tests and lost none against a top class opponent.

Jan 10, 2015

Cricket-Smith bemoans poor fielding as Australia fall short

SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Steve Smith thinks poor fielding cost Australia an even more emphatic victory over India in the four-match test series which concluded with a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Not too many captains, let alone caretaker captains, have to defend themselves after a series in which his team has won two tests and lost none against a top class opponent.

Jan 10, 2015

India must learn from Australia’s bowlers, says Kohli

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Virat Kohli was proud of the way his team battled for a draw in his first match as permanent test skipper but said India’s pace attack needed to emulate Australia’s quicks if they were to progress as a power in the longest form of the game.

India flirted with what would have been an incredible fourth innings run chase at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday having been set 349 for victory after Australia’s overnight declaration.

Jan 10, 2015

Cricket-India must learn from Australia’s bowlers, says Kohli

SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Virat Kohli was proud of the way his team battled for a draw in his first match as permanent test skipper but said India’s pace attack needed to emulate Australia’s quicks if they were to progress as a power in the longest form of the game.

India flirted with what would have been an incredible fourth innings run chase at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday having been set 349 for victory after Australia’s overnight declaration.

Jan 10, 2015

Cricket-Australia denied in Sydney as India dig deep

SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Australia were denied a dramatic victory and forced to settle for a 2-0 series win when India survived a nervous final session to force a draw in the fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Steve Smith’s side were aggressive to the very last ball but unable to break the eighth wicket pairing of Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and grab a third win to go with those they achieved in Adelaide and Brisbane.

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