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U.A.E. vs Australia

FIFA World Cup - 2022 Qualifiers - AFC - Qualifying - Round 4 - Match 1
U.A.E. vs Australia
at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Doha on 2022-06-07T18:00:00
Score: 1-2 (0-0)
Scorers: Jackson Irvine (53‎'‎), Ajdin Hrustic (84‎')
Official Info: Socceroos
Previous Match: Australia vs Jordan
Next Match: Australia vs Peru

A one-off play-off for the AFC spot, away and with players out through injury or missing (Rogic). A true backs-to-the-wall situation that may well have suited the Socceroos.

The U.A.E. sat back a bit in the first half and we made most of the running, which was a not a great deal. 0-0 at half-time.

The U.A.E. increased their tempo and we withstood that and created the first goal of the match. Sadly, our precious lead lasted just four minutes as the U.A.E. created an excellent equaliser.

From here on in, I think the Socceroos had the better of the match which is a credit to them. It was hard going and we created the most. While there was definitely some luck in our winning goal - a huge deflection - I thought it fair to say we deserved the win.

Now we face Peru, hopefully with a lot of self-belief. We're going to need it.