19 Jan 2011

Socceroos through to Asian Cup quarters

8:45 am on 19 January 2011

The Australian and South Korean football teams have moved a step closer to a possible Asian Cup final showdown when they eased into the last eight of the tournament.

South Korea swept past already-eliminated India 4-1 while Australia had a tougher time seeing off Bahrain 1-0 to leave Australia as Group C winners with seven points, edging out the South Koreans from top spot on goal difference.

Bahrain finished third with three points and India bottom with none.

South Korea, seeking their first Asian title since 1960, will now play Group D winners Iran in the quarter-finals, while Australia will meet whoever finishes second in Group D - either champions Iraq, United Arab Emirates or North Korea.