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Australia competes for World Cup tickets with Peru

QatarWinning the UAE 2-1 on June 7, Australia will play an intercontinental play-off with Peru on June 13 to compete for one of the last two tickets to the 2022 World Cup.

Scoring: Caio 57′ – Irvine 53′, Hrustic 84′

At Al Rayyan Stadium (Qatar) yesterday, Australia was somewhat inferior when holding the ball only 45%, passing 496 passes, compared to 55% and 605 of the UAE. However, the ability to make good use of opportunities helps Australia win the Asian play-off match to win the right to play an intercontinental match with Peru – the fifth-placed team in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers – South America on the evening of 13/ 6, also at Al Rayyan. The winning team will enter Group D of the 2022 World Cup with defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia.

Ajdin Hrustic (No. 10) celebrates Australia's victory over the UAE at Al Rayyan Stadium, Qatar on June 7.  Photo: Twitter / Socceroos

Ajdin Hrustic (No. 10) celebrates Australia’s victory over the UAE at Al Rayyan Stadium, Qatar on June 7. Image: Twitter / Socceroos

The other intercontinental play-off is a competition between Costa Rica, the fourth-placed team in the CONCACAF region (North – Central America and the Caribbean), and New Zealand – the team that won the Solomon Islands 5-0 in the final round. type of Oceania. The match took place on the evening of June 14, also at Al Rayyan Stadium. The winner will enter the group considered to be death, along with Germany, Spain and Japan.

Australia is rated better when it has the seventh World Cup play-off, while the UAE has entered this stage for the first time. With the important nature of the play-off match, the two teams played cautiously and did not create many opportunities.

The most notable phases of the ball in the first half belonged to the UAE. In the 19th minute, Harib Abdalla Suhail led the ball from the left wing into the penalty area and then shot from a tight angle, failing to beat Mathew Ryan. In the 35th minute, the Australian captain’s goalkeeper saved the same kick.

Australia’s bravery was shown when they got ahead of the second half. Martin Boyle overcame Ali Salmeen and then stretched for Jackson Irvine to cut the close cushion to clear the stalemate. Less than five minutes later, Irvine made a mistake when he couldn’t break Suhail’s cross, creating conditions for Caio to finish off the roof of Australia.

After that, the game completely belonged to Australia. In the 63rd minute, Irvine crossed to the far post, but Craig Goodwin cushioned the ball over the bar in an empty position. In the 80th minute, Jamie MacLaren sank diagonally from the edge of the wall, unable to win against Khalid Eisa.

The difference is only made from the mistakes of the UAE defense. The ball bounced off the corner, and Ajdin Hrustic volleyed his left foot into Ali Salmeen’s body and changed direction, sending Eisa to his feet.

Hrustic catches a volley to seal a 2-1 win for Australia

Hrustic caught the volley and hit the UAE player to set a 2-1 victory for Australia.

The 2-1 victory helped Australia raise hopes of a fifth World Cup in a row, while the UAE could not return to the biggest football festival on the planet since 1990.


UAE: Khalid Eisa, Walid Abbas, Mohammed Al Attas, Khaled Ebraheim, Khalifa Al Hammadi, Ali Salmin (Hassan 88), Abdalla Ramadan (Nader 75), Abdulla Hamad (Abdulrahman 88), Harib Abdalla Suhail, Caio Canedo (Tagliabue 88), Ali Mabkhout (Saleh 75).

Australia: Ryan, Behich, Wright, Rowles, Atkinson, Mooy, Irvine, Hrustic (Degenek 90), Leckie (Mabil 90), Boyle, Goodwin (MacLaren 72).

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