South Korea and China ensured their places in the Asian Cup last 16 on Friday after continuing their perfect starts, as Australia reignited their title defence with a vital win over Palestine.

The Koreans, runners-up in 2015, squeezed past Kyrgyzstan 1-0 thanks to Kim Min-jae’s strike just before half-time, while a Wu Lei-inspired China comfortably beat the Philippines 3-0.

South Korea and China are level on six points at the top of Group C ahead of their group decider on Wednesday and join Jordan in the knockout stages of the Asian showpiece, which features 24 teams for the first time.

Asian Cup: goals wrap

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South Korea were made to sweat once again by minor opposition following their opening single-goal win over Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Philippines.



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