The Joeys have been knocked out of the AFC U-16 Championships in Thailand after succumbing to a 4-1 penalty shootout loss to DPR Korea in the semi-final on Wednesday night.
The Young Aussies fought back after going a goal down in the first half to score an equaliser in the 85th minute to force the game to a penalty shootout.
But a clinical DPR Korea proved too strong for Australia in the shootout converting all four of their spot kicks to clinch their spot in the final against Korea Republic.
Tony Vidmar's side started the match brightly with Charlie Devereux threatening on a number of occasions in the opening 20 minutes but was unable to fashion a clear cut chance.
DPR Korea gradually grew into the game and nearly opened the scoring on the half hour mark but Joeys keeper Duro Dragicevic pulled off a duo of reflex saves.
The Aussies dominated possession throughout the first half but lacked a killer pass to unlock a well organised DPR Korea defence.
The Koreans looked threatening on the counter attack and deservedly opened the scoring just after half time with a nice finish from Pak Yong Gwan.
Australia continued to dictate proceedings in the second half but grew increasingly frustrated as DPR Korea were content to sit deep and throw numbers behind the ball.
But with just five minutes remaining an incisive run from Jackson Bandiera unlocked the Korean defence before squaring to Daniel Arzani to level the scores.
The Joeys pushed for the winner in closing stages but they could not break the deadlock before ultimately succumbing in the penalty shootout.
Aussies Abroad: Nabbout, Urawa Red Diamonds win Emperors Cup final
Andrew Nabbout emerged an Emperors Cup Final winner with Urawa Red Diamonds after the J-League outfit defeated Vegalta Sendai 1-0 yesterday evening. Nabbout was an unused substitute as the Reds clinched the trophy thanks to an early strike from Tomoya Ugajin. It is Urawa’s
'Amazing reward': Cahill to feature in FIFA World Football Museum
A pair of Tim Cahill’s boots will join items like the FIFA World Cup trophy, match balls from some of football’s biggest occasions and rare match-worn shirts in FIFA’s World Football Museum in Switzerland. The Caltex Socceroos legend revealed on Instagram on Sunday morning (AE
Boyle given 'all clear' following 'nasty collision'
Caltex Socceroos attacker Martin Boyle has been given the “all clear” following a head knock in Hibernian’s Scottish Premiership win at Hamilton Academical on Sunday morning (AEDT). Boyle needed lengthy treatment before half time after clashing with Hamilton’s Gary Woods and s
Aussies Abroad: Rogic helps Celtic to big win, Mooy suffers late loss
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic provided an assist as Celtic thumped Kilmarnock 5-1 to leapfrog their opponents and move to the top of the Scottish Premiership table. But Huddersfield Town suffered a heartbreaking defeat, with Arsenal needing a late moment of magic to do