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Australia vs Uzbekistan

Asian Cup Finals 2011 - Semi Final
Australia vs Uzbekistan
at Khalifa Stadium on 2011-01-25T08:25:00
Score: 6-0 (2-0)
Scorers: Harry Kewell (5'), Sasa Ognenovski (32'), David Carney (65'), Brett Emerton (73'), Carl Valeri (82'), Robbie Kruse (83')
Official Info: AFC Report
Previous Match: Australia vs Iraq
Next Match: Australia vs Japan

The Socceroos celebrated Australia Day with one of their most, if not their most comprehensive performance ever. The 6-0 annihilation of Uzbekistan was emphatic, they dominated all aspects of the game and earnt themselves a spot in the final.

Osieck started McKay despite Emerton being available. He also changed his tactics for the team. We sat deeper, gave up a bit of possession and played a bit more on the break. And didn't it pay off. Uzbekistan may have had greater possession in the first half, but we dominated otherwise. Full marks to Osieck. I suspect he's proved himself a better tactician that Verbeek already.

We got off to a dream start when McKay set up Kewell, who put it away from a difficult angle in just the fifth minute. We had a number of chances as play went on, but it wasn't until the 32nd minute that we scored our second. That should have been enough, but Austarlians are a bit funny about 2-0 leads in big games. 2-0 at half-time.

Osieck rested Kewell after 10 minutes of the second half. It didn't matter. Carney got our third not long after and it was all over. Uzbekistan had a player sent off and we ran riot. Great stuff.

In the other semi-final it was a completely different story. South Korea and Japan played out an absolute thriller. The game finished 1-1 after normal time. Japan thought they had it when they put away a penalty during extra time. South Korea never gave up and equalised in the last minute. But they blew it by missing all their penalties. Japan through.

The final should be a classic given the rivalry between the Blue Samurai and the Socceroos. In our favour, Japan has been pushed to the limit with an extra-time match that would have been exhausting. Then again, that didn't seem to affect the Socceroos today. We're on an absolute roll, with our performance improving every match. The only concern is that we've peaked one game too early. Bring it on.