International City: Mauk scores in U23 warm-up

City midfielder Stefan Mauk has helped the Australian U23 side to a 2-1 win over Thailand as the squad finalised its preparations for the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China.

His 52nd minute goal doubled the Aussies lead as Newcastle Jets’ Nick Cowburn opened the scoring in Shanghai. The Thais found a late consolation however Ante Milicic’s side held on for the positive pre-tournament friendly.

Ruon Tongyik and Bruce Kamau also featured in the contest as the squad now prepares to take on Syria, Vietnam and Korea Republic in Group D of the tournament.

Australia’s results at the 2018 AFC U23 Championships will impact the team’s seeding for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, which will double as the qualification tournament for the 2020 Olympics.

All three of Australia’s group matches at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China will be broadcast LIVE, EXCLUSIVE, and ad-break free during play on FOX SPORTS.

U23 International Friendly
Saturday, 6 January 2018
Shanghai, China
Australia U23 2 (Cowburn 8’, Mauk 52’)
Thailand U23 1 (Worachit 70’)

2018 AFC U23 Championship – Group D:

Australia U23 v Syria U23
Thursday 11 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Second half LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 501 following ‘Just For Kicks’

Vietnam U23 v Australia U23
Sunday 14 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Full match LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 506

Korea Republic U23 v Australia U23
Wednesday 17 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 7.30pm (local); 10.30pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Full match LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 501