Australia beats Palestine 3-0 for its first win in Asian Cup

Australia's midfielder Awer Mabil, center, reacts after scoring his side's second goal past Palestine goalkeeper Rami Hamada during the AFC Asian Cup

Australia's midfielder Awer Mabil, center, reacts after scoring his side's second goal past Palestine goalkeeper Rami Hamada during the AFC Asian Cup

Australia's forward Jamie Maclaren, l2nd right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the AFC Asian Cup group B socce

Australia's forward Jamie Maclaren, l2nd right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the AFC Asian Cup group B socce

Palestine's midfielder Nazmi Albadawi and Australia's midfielder Mark Milligan, top, vie for the ball during the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match be

Palestine's midfielder Nazmi Albadawi and Australia's midfielder Mark Milligan, top, vie for the ball during the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match be

Palestine forward Mahmoud Wadi, top, and Australia defender Milos Degenek vie for the ball during the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match between Austr

Palestine forward Mahmoud Wadi, top, and Australia defender Milos Degenek vie for the ball during the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match between Austr

Australia's defender Trent Sainsbury , right, and Palestine's defender Day Dabbagh go for the balld uring the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match betwe

Australia's defender Trent Sainsbury , right, and Palestine's defender Day Dabbagh go for the balld uring the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match betwe

Australia's midfielder Jackson Irvine and Palestine's forward Mahmoud Wadi, right, vie for the ball during the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match betw

Australia's midfielder Jackson Irvine and Palestine's forward Mahmoud Wadi, right, vie for the ball during the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match betw

Players leave the field at the end of the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match between Australia and Palestine at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, United Ar

Players leave the field at the end of the AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match between Australia and Palestine at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, United Ar

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Australia rebounded from an opening loss in the Asian Cup by dispatching Palestine 3-0 and moving into position to advance to the knockout rounds on Friday.

Jamie Maclaren and Awer Mabil scored two minutes apart in the first half and Apostolos Giannou sealed the victory late in the second to leave Socceroos in second place in Group B.

Australia started its title defense losing to group leader Jordan 1-0.

Jordan has six points, three more than Australia, while Syria and Palestine have a point each from their opening draw. The top two teams in each group and the four best third-place teams advance to the round of 16.

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