Maclaren, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring Australia’s opening goal against Palestine. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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China and South Korea reached the Asian Cup last 16 knockout round Friday with wins over the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan respectively as holders Australia bounced back to claim their first win of the tournament. Marcello Lippi's China side negotiated a potentially tricky clash with the Azkals thanks to a pair of high quality strikes from Wu Lei and a late header from Yu Dabao to seal a 3-0 win and guarantee a top two finish in Group C.Australia are second with three points, three points behind Jordan -- who have already reached the last 16 -- with Syria and Palestine on a point apiece with one game left.
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