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World Cup Qualifiers
(Tue 28 Mar 2017, 08.00PM LOCAL)
FINAL
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Attendance: 27328
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Channel 9
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Preview: Caltex Socceroos v UAE

Ange's attacking game plan will look to exploit a desperate UAE in a critical Group B World Cup qualifier that has huge significance for both countries' qualification campaigns.

It's very simple: it’s a must win on Tuesday night in Sydney for the Caltex Socceroos. 

They are three points behind leaders Japan and Saudi Arabia in World Cup qualification, and with both hosting the two lowest teams in the group on the same night, the need for an Australian victory is even greater.

On the back of a fourth straight draw - last Thursday's tough 1-1 result with Iraq in Tehran - Australia are banking on home support and the familiar environment of Sydney to help them register three precious points.

But like last week, it won’t be easy. Not one bit.

UAE sit in fourth spot and while they’ll still believe they can make the top two automatic qualification spots, in reality, they’ll have their eye on third.

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo against UAE.

But for Australia it’s simple: win to stay within reach of top two.

And for Ange Postecoglou, that means going for it. Dominating opposition, dominating possession and creating chances within a new formation that features a back three and two attacking wingbacks. 

CURRENT GROUP SCENARIO

AFC has 4.5 qualification spots for the next World Cup with the top two in both AFC groups progressing.

Third place in each group is dragged into a home and away continental showdown with the winner moving into a home and away inter-continental playoff against a CONCACAF nation.

CURRENT WORLD RANKINGS

Australia: 55

UAE: 68

UAE dossier

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AUSTRALIAN SQUAD NEWS

All players except Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo and Matthew Leckie were on the track on Sunday with that trio set to join the rest of the squad later today (Mon) for their final field session at Allianz.

The squad arrived back from Tehran with no injuries to report. 

The word out of the camp is they're not concerned by the external talk around results. They understand the team is on a journey and Tuesday night will be another part of the team's development on the Road to Russia. 

FINAL WORD

The pressure of World Cup qualification collides in Sydney with both nations desperate to boost their chances. 

Socceroos players celebrate Mile Jedinak's equaliser against Japan in October.

And right now, UAE coach Mahdi Ali is under huge pressure after a campaign that started with a bang (a stunning win in Japan) but has since fallen flat. 

UAE will also have revenge on their minds, too, after they were knocked out in the Asian Cup semi-finals two years ago by Australia in Newcastle

The Socceroos pulled off their best result of the campaign so far against UAE – a Tim Cahill goal giving them a 1-0 win on a steamy September evening in Abu Dhabi – and the spirit of that night needs to return.

You sense one of these days, Australia will really hammer a team. 

After four draws, Aussie fans will hope that happens on Tuesday night.

The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28. Click here for tickets.

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Caltex Socceroos edge UAE in vital win

The Caltex Socceroos defeated UAE 2-0 to pick up three precious points in Group B of World Cup qualification on Tuesday night in Sydney.

After four consecutive draws, three points was a must for Australia. And the Socceroos' danger at set pieces proved the difference with both goals coming via headers from corners to push Australia to 13 points in the group. 

SUMMARY   

Australia got off to a perfect start with Jackson Irvine’s bullet header – his first for his nation – giving the hosts a vital edge.

But with Omar Abdulrahman becoming increasingly influential, UAE worked their way back into the contest for the remainder of the first half.

It remained a tight contest with UAE pressing hard early in the second stanza but the home side was lifted with 20 minutes to go when Tim Cahill came on for Tomi Juric.

Immediately chances came Australia’s way as UAE continued to exploit Australia’s right side of defence.

The game opened up in the final stages with both sides creating good chances – Irvine going closest to doubling his and Australia’s tally with a neat header.

Mathew Leckie

And Mat Leckie doubled the lead with 11 minutes left with a power header to confirm the points.

Some heavy tackles crept into the final stages of the game as UAE sensed the jig was up.

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GOALS

1-0  Jackson Irvine, Australia 7’

Australia’s first effort on goal and the Burton Albion man powered home a corner which was deflected past Ali Khaseif and rolled into the net.

2-0  Mat Leckie, Australia 78’

James Troisi’s curling corner was met by Leckie and in a replica of his goal in Tehran last week, the German-based striker smashed his header home.

SOCCEROOS’ FORMATION

3-4-3

STAR PERFORMERS

Omar Abdulrahman (UAE)

Jackson Irvine (AUS)

Brad Smith (AUS)

James Troisi

KEY MOMENT

17’ Ryan’s excellent save to keep out a wicked Abdulrahman left footed set piece from just outside the box.

TALKING POINTS

1.     The pitch: much better than expected

2.     Mat Ryan: back in the starting XI

3.     Trent Sainsbury starting for the first time since November

ATTENDANCE

27,328

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FINAL WORD

The Socceroos maintained their push for a top-two finish with a precious three points. It wasn’t pretty, but it’ll do.

Now onto Adelaide and Saudi Arabia for an absolute blockbuster.