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All gold as glittering Aussies rescue Asian Cup campaign

AFP  |  Dubai 

Defending champions dominated Palestine 3-0 on Friday as they recovered from their opening defeat at the Asian Cup and moved within sight of the last 16.

Goals from Hibernian striker Jamie Maclaren, Awer Mabil and substitute put the much-improved Socceroos second in Group B with one game to go.

The Aussies will now go into next Tuesday's final group game against with renewed confidence after banishing memories of their 1-0 upset at the hands of

dropped the under-performing and in favour of and Chris Ikonomidis, who impressed as substitutes against

And it was a far more dynamic team that opened their account on 18 minutes, when Celtic's picked out who scored his first international goal with a glancing header.

Two minutes later and gold-clad were 2-0 up as Ikonomidis lofted a ball to the far post where Mabil sneaked in unmarked for a first-time finish.

Mabil could have doubled his tally before half-time but he skied his shot after a neat move through the middle involving and

But kept up their assault after the break as Palestinian defender knocked an attempted clearance onto his own crossbar and Irvine headed just over.

The attacks kept coming and substitute striker Giannou, a late call-up after Scottish-born was injured, nodded a deserving third for Australia in the final minute.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:30 IST