Australia beat UAE to maintain Qatar 2022 hopes alive

Australia’s Jackson Irvine celebrates scoring their first aim at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, yesterday. Pic: Mohammed Farag

Doha: Australia will tackle Peru subsequent week for a spot at November’s World Cup finals after beating the United Arab Emirates 2-1 yesterday in Asia’s last eliminator for Qatar 2022.

Defender Ali Salmeen deflected Ajdin Hrustic’s volley previous Khaled Eisa with six minutes remaining at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium to maintain alive Australia’s hopes of qualifying for a fifth consecutive World Cup finals.

Jackson Irvine had put Graham Arnold’s aspect in entrance with a close-range strike within the 53rd minute however Caio Canedo levelled 4 minutes later with an emphatic end into the roof of Mathew Ryan’s web.

The Australians elevated the strain all through the second half and it will definitely paid off when Hrustic volleyed in direction of aim following Aaron Mooy’s nook and the deflection off Salmeen proved decisive.

“We confirmed good character, I feel we dominated nearly all of the sport and we took the possibilities once they got here,” mentioned Australia’s Martin Boyle.

“It is solely a job half accomplished. We’ve to mud ourselves down, put together and we are going to go once more.”

Harib Abdalla Suhail had carried the principal risk down the left for an Emirates aspect that had the higher of the preliminary exchanges, forcing Ryan right into a pair of saves at his close to put up in a tepid first 45 minutes.

However eight minutes into the second half the Australians struck, with Boyle turning the defence earlier than discovering Irvine, who scored with a first-time end from contained in the six-yard field.

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The lead lasted 4 minutes as Suhail’s tempo proved problematic as soon as extra. The Shabab Al Ahli winger curled in a cross and Caio ultimately drove his left-foot shot into the roof of the web.

Craig Goodwin and Hrustic each had efforts that flew over the goal earlier than Boyle noticed the ball bounce off his shins and go broad because the Australians elevated the strain.

Eisa stored the Emirates within the recreation with an instinctive save from substitute Jamie Maclaren 10 minutes from time, however there was little he may do 4 minutes later.

Mooy’s nook was headed again in direction of the sting of the penalty space and Hrustic made a strong connection, with the ball taking a decisive deflection off Salmeen’s hip to depart Eisa helpless. The Socceroos will meet Peru in the identical venue subsequent Monday within the first of two intercontinental play-offs to find out the remaining spots on the finals, with New Zealand taking part in Costa Rica within the last eliminator 24 hours later.