Socceroos 2-1 UAE: Australia progress to Peru World Cup playoff with thrilling win

Australia has progressed to the final World Cup playoff against Peru after a thrilling 2-1 win against the UAE at Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday morning (AEST).

Ajdin Hrustic struck the winner in the 84th minute with a sizzling volley from outside the area being deflected by a UAE defender into the net.

Earlier, the Socceroos had taken the lead on 53 minutes after Jackson Irvine stabbed home from close range following superb wing play from Martin Boyle.

But the lead only lasted four minutes as Caio Canedo equalised for the UAE after a cross and unfortunate deflection off Irvine allowed the Brazilian-born striker to lash the ball into the roof of the net.

Australia were the better side throughout the 90 minutes but both teams struggled to create chances in a dour 90 minutes.

The green and gold will now take on Peru in a sudden death match on Tuesday June 14 (AEST) in Qatar to reach the 2022 World Cup.

Socceroos vs. UAE score and goalscorers

Team 1st half 2nd half Final score
Australia 0 2 2
UAE 0 1 1


Australia – Irvine 53, Hrustic 84

UAE – Canedo 57

Socceroos vs. UAE commentary, goals and highlights

FULL TIME: UAE 1-2 AUSTRALIA – The Socceroos progress to the final World Cup playoff against Peru with a thrilling victory. Australia got the job done but will need to improve for the match versus the South Americans.

]90 min: There will be three minutes of added on time. Socceroos doing well at the moment. UAE haven’t managed to create any chances.

84 min: GOAL AUSTRALIA – Mooy swings the corner in, it’s cleared by the UAE, but Hrustic steps up on the edge of the box to volley the ball in – taking a deflection off a defender. Australia lead with six minutes left.

81 min: From the resulting corner, it’s dangerous delivery from Hrustic but Wright is pulled up for a foul.

80 min: CHANCE – Maclaren has a snap shot from a tight angle after being played through by Hrustic, but the UAE goalkeeper just manages to deflect the shot wide

74 min: CHANCE – Hrustic makes a great switch to Behich near the left byline, the left back bounces in the cross into the six-yard box but Maclaren can’t control the hot delivery and the chance is gone.

72 min: SUB AUSTRALIA – Jamie Maclaren enters the fray for Craig Goodwin. Interesting move by Graham Arnold. He believes the Socceroos are going to get chances in the box in the last 20 minutes.

72 min: Hrustic cuts in off the right blank, tries to curl a shot in with his left foot, but it’s just high and wide.

70 min: Goodwin swings the corner to the back post, Rowles is there to get a head on it, but makes weak contact straight into the ground and to the UAE keeper’s arms.

68 min: The game has settled down after a flurry of goals and chances. Which team will step up in the final 20 minutes?

63 min: CHANCE – Irvine swings in a delightful cross to the back post, it just eludes Irvine, but Goodwin volleys over when he probably should have scored.

56 min: GOAL UAE – The Socceroos lead only lasts three minutes. Australia struggle to clear the cross and Correa smashes the ball into the roof of the net. Blow for the green and gold.

53 min: GOAL AUSTRALIA – Martin Boyle works his way to the right byline with wonderful skill, his low cross is met by Irvine at the front post, who directs it home. Socceroos lead.

48 min: Harib Abdalla Suhail again threatens down the left wing, gets behind Atkinson and Ryan makes a good save from a tight angle once again.

45 min: Second half has been kicked off in Doha.

HALF TIME: Socceroos 0-0 UAE – Pretty cagey first half. UAE had the best chance down the left via Harib Abdalla Suhail, with Ryan blocking the shot from a tight angle. Australia has had lots of possession but not many chances.

43 min: Good end to the first half for Australia. Plenty of dangerous possession. No clear cut chances though. It seems a set piece is the Socceroos’ best route to goal.

37 min: Atkinson is really struggling defensively at right back. UAE attacking his wing at will and getting Harib Abdalla Suhail in behind him on numerous occasions.

35 min: CHANCE – Harib Abdalla Suhail gets behind Atkinson once again via a crisp pass. He attacks the space in the box, fires a shot from a tight angle but it’s blocked by Ryan’s body, who is in the perfect position.

34 min: From a free kick on the left flank, Goodwin whips in a dangerous cross and Rowles just can’t quite make decent contact. That was a half chance.

33 min: Leckie is released through the left channel, but his little dink to the on-rushing Goodwin is intercepted as the Adelaide winger charged into the box.

28 min: UAE win a free kick in a dangerous position after Rowles fouls an opponent. But the cross into the box is wild and out for a goal kick.

22 min: Boyle swings in a cross from the right to Irvine’s head, but the Australian midfielder is fair way from goal and can only head tamely at the UAE goalkeeper.

21 min: It seems the UAE are attempting to get in behind the inexperienced Atkinson, who likes to get high up the pitch as a full-back also.

19 min: Harib Abdalla Suhail slips down the left-hand side and attacks the byline. He gets deep into the box but can’t find an option and is eventually crowded out by the Australian defence. Most dangerous play of the game.

17 min: The match has become quite cagey at the moment. UAE are sitting deep and the Socceroos are struggling to penetrate.

12 min: It was 47 degrees celsius in Doha today, but air conditioning vents in the Al Rayyan stadium have reduced the temperature to mid-20 degrees in the stadium.

10 min: Game has settled down and a rapid start. Australia maintaining most of the possession currently. No clear cut chances for either team so far.

6 min: Great start by the Socceroos. High tempo. Quick movement. A few dangerous crosses have been swung in.

2 min: Leckie has been selected as the centre forward, with Adam Taggart injured. Trent Sainsbury is out also, with Kye Rowles and Bailey Wright a surprise pairing at centre-half. Craig Goodwin starts on the wing, while Nathaniel Atkinson gets his second-ever cap at right back.

Kickoff: We are off and running in the UAE. Few surprises in the Australian line-up.

18 minutes before kickoff: Here’s what Graham Arnold had to say before the match:

27 minutes before kickoff: Socceroos hype video forthcoming:

30 minutes before kickoff: It’s clear who the fans will be backing in Doha:

90 minutes before kickoff: Lineups are out.

12 hours before kickoff: The match will kickoff on June 7, 9 p.m. local time (June 8, 4 a.m. AEST)

12 hours before kickoff: Australia and the UAE will meet in a sudden death World Cup playoff in Doha. Qatar, with the winner to take on Peru for a spot at Qatar 2022 next week.

Socceroos vs. UAE lineups

Australia starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-Ryan (GK) — 4-Aktinson, 8-Wright, 20-Rowles, 16-Behich — 22-Irvine, 10-Hrustic — 6-Boyle, 7-Leckie, 19-Goodwin — 13-Mooy

Australia subs (12): 12-Redmayne (GK), 23-King (GK), 2-Degenek, 17-Stensness, 3-Karacic, 5-Genreau, 18-Dougall, 11-Mabil, 14-McGree, 15-Duke, 21-Tilio, 9-MacLaren

UAE starting XI (4-3-3, left to right): 17-Khalid Eisa (GK) — 4-Khaled Al Dhanhani, 3-Walid Abbas, 12-Khalifa Mubarak, 13-Mohamad Omar Alattas —18-Abdallah Ramadan, 14-Abdulia Hamad, 5-Ali Hassan Albolooshi — 11-Caio Canedo, 7-Ali Mabkhout, 21-Harib Abdullah

UAE subs (12): 1-Hasan Alshamsi (GK), 2-Khalid Hashemi, 9-Bandar Al Ahbabi, 23-Abdulaziz Hussain, 10-Omar Abdulrahman, 15-Yahia Nader, 6-Majid Rashid, 19-Tahnoon Alzaabi, 8-Majed Hassan, 20-Sebastian Tagliabue, 22-Yahya Alghassani, 16-Ali Saleh

How to watch Socceroos vs. UAE

This match will be broadcast live and free on television in Australia via Channel 10.

It will also be streamed via 10Play and Paramount+.

The game is expected to kick-off at 4.00 a.m. (AEST) with coverage beginning at 3.30 a.m. (AEST).

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