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Indonesia vs Australia

Amidst all the preparation for the 2010 World Cup, we also have to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup. It seems like a bit of an annoyance, but really the more competitive football we play the better.

The actual match featured a Socceroos team made up entirely of A-League players. The final result, 0-0, is probably a little disappointing as Indonesia is ranked over 100 places behind us. However, given that we had limited preparation and were playing away in humid conditions, we'll take a point.

Asian Cup Wrap

Now that the tournament is over, it's time to reflect on Australia's performance. Our ledger was the same as the World Cup, ie. one win, one draw and one loss in the group stage, second in our group and a narrow loss in the first knockout stage. However, few supporters would rate the performance as anywhere as good.

Iraq Wins The Asian Cup

Iraq defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in normal time to claim their first Asian Cup title. A little surprising perhaps, but I'm pleased as I was barracking for them.

Asian Cup Semi-Finals

The Asian Cup semi-finals, sans Australia, were played overnight. Saudi Arabia defeated Japan 3-2 in normal time, while Iraq defeated South Korea on penalties after the match finished 0-0.

Socceroos vs Japan

A tense, even game, punctuated by five minutes of mayhem, finished 1-1 before the Socceroos went out on penalties. However, we may be seeing the beginnings of a great football rivalry.

A big crowd was in at the Nags Head for the quarter-final. Japan was in good form, Australia might be - it's hard to tell. The game overall was very even. Japan looked better organised, had slightly more possession and created more chances. But for all that, they lacked the killer punch and Australia stayed with them. 0-0 at half time.

Socceroos vs Thailand

Australia finally delivered! A 4-0 win over Thailand overnight was sufficient to see us through to the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, as we finished second in the group, we will meet an in form Japan on Saturday. This has the potential to be a great game, with Japan out to avenge their World Cup defeat and Australia finding a bit of form.

Socceroos vs Iraq

Our second round match and we needed a big improvement on our first match. I headed down to the Nags Head along with well over 100 other fans. And we left sorely disappointed with a diabolical performance from Australia. I can't believe I used up a night out for this.

Socceroos vs Oman

Our first game ever in the Asian Cup and I didn't get to watch it as it was only on pay tv. By the sounds of it though, I didn't miss much. We could only manage a 1-1 draw and we were lucky to get that. Tim Cahill came on as a sub and scored an injury-time equaliser, reminiscent of his starring role against Japan in the World Cup. After coming into the tournament as one of the favourites, we clearly have some work to do.

Tim Cahill now has an enviable record. He is the scorer of Australia's first goal at a men's World Cup and Australia's first goal at a men's Asian Cup.

Australia Qualifies For 2007 Asian Cup

Australia defeated Kuwait 2-0 at the SFS in its second group match this evening. Results elsewhere and the withdrawal of Lebanon, mean we have qualified for the finals already. The Socceroos squad was made up entirely of A-League players. While a bit scrappy, they got the job done. The ABC has a match report.


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