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U.A.E. vs Australia

FIFA World Cup - 2018 Qualifiers - Asian Region - Round 3 - Group B - Match 2
U.A.E. vs Australia
at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, U.A.E. on 2016-09-06T09:30:00
Score: 0-1 (0-0)
Scorers: Tim Cahill (75')
Official Info: Socceroos
Previous Match: Australia vs Iraq
Next Match: Saudi Arabia vs Australia

A long trip, hot weather, a vociferous home crowd and an opponent full of confidence - a recipe for a very tough match for the Socceroos. And that's what it turned out to be. A very even match with both sides working very hard and creating several chances.

In the end it was a single, high-quality moment that separated the two sides. Brad Smith's superb cross finished off by, who else, Tim Cahill. Rested in Perth and coming off the bench here, Cahill confirmed his status as our goto man for a goal. However it was a wonderful, hard-working team performance on the back of smart tactics from Postecoglou that earned the result.

Two wins from two matches and on top of Group B. You can't ask for more than that.