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China to play Brisbane twice, Japan and Australia get Melbourne fixtures

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup draw was conducted at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday night with a number of interesting fixtures set to take place next year.

Hosts Australia were drawn alongside South Korea, Oman and Kuwait in Group A and will play their three group stage matches in the three largest cities, as expected.

The Socceroos kick off the tournament against Kuwait at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on January 9 before facing Oman in Sydney on January 13 and South Korea in Brisbane four days later.

In Group B, China PR have been drawn to play twice at Brisbane Stadium - against Saudi Arabia (Jan 10) and Uzbekistan (Jan 14) - as well as at the Canberra Stadium in the nation's capital on January 18.

Reigning champions Japan also have a Melbourne fixture which comes against Jordan on January 20. The Blue Samurai will also play in Newcastle and Brisbane.

From Group C, Qatar will remain in New South Wales for their group stage stay as they were drawn to play the UAE in Canberra, and Iran and Bahrain in Sydney.

Group stage fixtures for 2015 AFC Asian Cup

Group A

Australia v Kuwait (Melbourne, January 9) South Korea v Oman (Canberra, January 10) Kuwait v South Korea (Canberra, January 13) Oman v Australia (Sydney, January 13) Australia v South Korea (Brisbane, January 17) Oman v Kuwait (Newcastle, January 17)

Group B

Uzbekistan v North Korea (Sydney, January 10) Saudi Arabia v China (Brisbane, January 10) North Korea v Saudi Arabia (Melbourne, January 14) China v Uzbekistan (Brisbane, January 14) Uzbekistan v Saudi Arabia (Melbourne, January 18) China v North Korea (Canberra, January 18)

Group C

Iran v Bahrain (Melbourne, January 11) UAE v Qatar (Canberra, January 11) Bahrain v UAE (Canberra, January 15) Qatar v Iran (Sydney, January 15) Iran v UAE (Brisbane, January 19) Qatar v Bahrain (Sydney, January 19)

Group D

Japan v 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winner (Newcastle, January 12) Jordan v Iraq (Brisbane, January 12) 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winner v Jordan (Melbourne, January 16) Iraq v Japan (Brisbane, January 16) Japan v Jordan (Melbourne, January 20) Iraq v 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winner (Canberra, January 20)

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