China made it to the knockout round of the Asian Cup on Friday, while defending champion Australia stayed alive by rebounding from a stunning opening defeat. China opened with a hard-fought win against Kyrgyzstan in Group C but found no difficulties getting past the Philippines 3-0. Australia put its 1-0 opening loss to Jordan in the past by routing Palestine 3-0 in Group B.
China star forward Wu Lei scored two superb goals, a curling right-footed shot into the top corner in the first half and a volley in the second against a Philippines squad making its Asian Cup debut. Yu Dabao added the third with a header a few seconds after entering the match late.