Australia
United Arab Emirates
World Cup Qualifiers R3
Allianz Stadium
2017-03-28T09:00:00+00:00
Attendance
27,328

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

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ATTENDANCE

27,328

SOCIAL REACTON

@ Socceroos

#AUSvUAE

#GoSocceroos

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.

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World Cup Qualifiers for 2018
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Iran 10 6 4 0 22
Korea Republic 10 4 3 3 15
Syria 10 3 4 3 13
Uzbekistan 10 4 1 5 13
China PR 10 3 3 4 12
Qatar 10 2 1 7 7
# Club P W D L PTS
Japan 10 6 2 2 20
Saudi Arabia 10 6 1 3 19
Australia 10 5 4 1 19
United Arab Emirates 10 4 1 5 13
Iraq 10 3 2 5 11
Thailand 10 0 2 8 2
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Portugal 3 2 1 0 7
Mexico 3 2 1 0 7
Russia 3 1 0 2 3
New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0
# Club P W D L PTS
Germany 3 2 1 0 7
Chile 3 1 2 0 5
Australia 3 0 2 1 2
Cameroon 3 0 1 2 1