11 Jan 2011

Australia beat India in football

12:44 pm on 11 January 2011

Tim Cahill scored twice as Australia began their assault on the Asian Cup football title by beating India 4-0in a one-sided Group C opening match in Doha.

The top-ranked team in the competition were barely troubled by the bottom-ranked side with Harry Kewell and Brett Holman also scoring as Australia dominated from start to finish.

The game was the first official meeting between the two countries since India beat Australia 7-1 in a friendly in Melbourne 55 years ago, although the two old British colonies have shared a healthy rivalry in cricket, hockey and tennis down the years.

In football terms at least, Australia are now very much the masters, coming into the competition as Asia's top-ranked team at 26th in FIFA's world standings, while India are ranked 23rd in Asia, the lowest in competition, and 142nd worldwide.