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.
'He’s got something that a lot of youngsters don’t have': Arnold on Arzani
Celtic is the ideal destination for Daniel Arzani to continue his development, says Caltex Socceroos boss Graham Arnold. The 19-year-old sealed his two-year loan move from Manchester City to the Scottish champions last Friday. It's a huge step for the Iranian-born attacker,
Aussies Abroad: Irvine's brilliant brace for Hull City
Jackson Irvine had only scored two goals in 40 appearances for Hull City before this mornings 3-2 win over Rotherham United. But the Caltex Socceroos’ midfielder blew that record out of the water with a brilliant double in 47 minutes as he inspired the Tigers to their first wi
New dawn, new goal-scoring style says Arnold
Australia coach Graham Arnold has declared his Caltex Socceroos side will look to develop a new style in order to score more goals ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. It’s something of a new dawn for international football in Australia, with the FIFA World Cup™ in the rear-view m
Caltex Socceroos to face Korea Republic in Brisbane in November
Football Federation Australia (FFA), the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council today announced that the Caltex Socceroos will host Korea Republic in an international friendly match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, 17 November 2018. FFA CEO David Gallop was