Socceroos v Bahrain Live Update

Australia v Bahrain Wednesday 11 October – Aussie Stadium, Sydney Kick-off 7.30pm Gates open 5.30pm (Media entry from 4.30pm)

Full time - 2-0

93' Richochet almost adds to Australia's goal tally but keeper saves.

92' Aloisi and Musaifer nearly comes to blows.

91' Abbas nearly gets a consolation for Bahrain as he bursts into box, but across the face of goal.

Three minutes of injury time

89' Bahrain sub - Ismaeel off - Al Muqla on

87' yet another corner, this time a Culina shot from distance is well over.

85' Rare shot by Bahrain, with Abdul Rahman stinging drive easily held by Schwarzer.

It has been a very frustrating half with no rhythm to the game with so many stoppages.

81' Australia corner, ball almost falls for Beauchamp but another foul is found by the referee.

81' Australia sub - Cahill off - Skoko on

78' It's the Oscar's tonight and Ismaeel does half dozen rolls for what is a nothing challenge by Chipperfield. Gets taken off on the stretcher and as soon as it reaches the side he jumps straight off andtries to go back on.

Crowd - 36,606

76' Australia sub - Sterjovski off - Archie Thompson on

75' Bahrain win a dubious free kick... Meshkhas shot is well wide from 25 metres.

73' Australia corner and again comes to nothing

69' Bahrain sub - Al Shekar off - Noordin on

69' Australia sub - Bresciano off - Travis Dodd on

63' Bahrain player goes down and is becoming quite evident they are trying to stall at every opportunity.

61' Bahrain sub - Mahmood off - F. Al Hardan on

60' Sterjovski hits a cracking shot that smashes against the bar... would have been fully deserved.

59' yet another corner to Australia and again comes to nothing with Cahill pulled for a foul.

57' Culina tries a long shot but well wide.

57' Chipperfield misses a great chance, missing his shot altogether from Sterjovski's cross.

55' Bahrani player goes down holding his head after clashing heads with Cahill.

53' long shot from a free kick is well wide.

52' Australia win successive corners, but again they come to nothing.

50' Cahill great chance but heads over a Bresciano cross.

48' Great by Neill for Aloisi, cross is cut out for another corner... again comes to nothing

47' Australia win another corner, after ball flicked on and just eludes Neill at back post.

46' Australia win a corner.

Welcome back as the teams come back out for the second half. No changes for either side.

Half time - Australia 2-0

45'+ Australia corner is taken by the keeper.

45'+ Culina is goalbound but takes a big deflection and goes over the bar.

42' Emerton shot looks harmless enough but it goes under the foot of a Bahrain defender and the keeper is forced to save in front of Aloisi, who is adjudged offside in any case.

40' Bahrain win corner, which Schwarzer takes comfortably.

39' Bahrain win a free kick, play it quickly and then get another free kick when the foul was actually on Emerton... that was a strange decision.

Games going through a bit of a lull at the moment.

32' Australia win free kick with Sterjovski fouled 25 metres out, but Bresciano's cross to far post is just too high and goes wide.

The Bahraini's are getting a bit niggly in the tackles, with a few touchy moments.

30' Goal, no offside... Aloisi is clearly offside as he heads home another superb Sterjovski cross.

27' Bahrain win corner after Cahill clears a free kick.

24' Bresciano has scored a fantatic goal with an acrobatic volley that slammed into the back of the net, from a Sterjovski cross.

Oh what a goal by Bresciano.

22' Careless mistake by Culina allows Al Chuban to get free in the box, his shot from an acute angle is pushed away for a corner by Schwarzer.

20' Bresciano shot from edge of area goes wide.

20' Bahraini player almost takes his coach out as he kicks the ball out near their bench.

The Bahraini's are not happy as they see the replays and believe Aloisi was offside.

17' A series of short passes on the edge of the area, saw Bresciano finally poke the ball through to Aloisi, who took one touch and lashed shot home from 10 yards.


15' Another good run by Chipperfield, his cross forces the Bahrain keeper to take at full stretch.

The Bahraini's are well organised and as expected have numbers at the back and are looking to break quickly.

11' Good low cross by Sterjovski from the right, finds Chipperfield at the back post, but his header is wide.

10' long throw by is headed on by Cahill, Bresciano wins header but is easy for the Bahraini keeper

7' Beauchamp mistake allows Ismaeel to break clear, but with no support his cross is cutout easily by Schwarzer.

6' Bresciano cross finds Cahill at back post, his header back across goal just eludes Aloisi, who claims he is held back.

5' Bahrain win possession and cross wide on the right sails over the bar.

4' Cahill pulled up for a foul with Aloisi set to pounce on the ball in a scoring position.

2' Bahrain good quick counter-attack, Ismaeel getting past Beauchamp, but Grella gets back to prevent danger.

Australia to kick-off and we are off.

We are minutes from kick-off with the national anthems played.

Team News

Australia is at full strength with five changes to the side that played Paraguay on Saturday. In come Mark Schwarzer, Scott Chipperfield, Jason Culina, Michael Beauchamp and Mile Sterjovski.

Well Bahrain has sent out there Olympic team, with none of the players that played in the first qualifier lining up in this match.

Hi there folks... welcome to the live match update of Australia's final qualifying game of the Asian Cup. The teams have warmed up and the crowd is now been entertained by the Qantas Choir.

The crowd is starting to stream in with kick-off just 15 minutes away. The match has been fully subscribed, so the atmosphere should be terrific for this important match, which Australia must win to make sure it finishes on top of the group.

Live Match Update - from 7.15pm


1. Mark Schwarzer (gk); 2. Lucas Neill, 4. Tim Cahill, 7. Brett Emerton, 13. Vince Grella, 14. Scott Chipperfield, 15. John Aloisi, 17. Jason Culina, 23. Mark Bresciano, 26. Michael Beauchamp, 39. Mile Sterjovski Subs from: 8. Josip Skoko, 12. Ante Covic (gk), 22. Archie Thompson, 28. Alex Brosque, 35. Jade North, 45. Travis Dodd, 46. Kevin Muscat

Coach: Graham Arnold

Shirt: Gold Shorts: Green Socks: Gold


21. S. Mohamed (gk); 25. Fouzi Aaish, 27. Musaifer, 28. Ismael A, 32. Al Chuben, 40. Al Meshkhas, 43. M. Abdul Rahman, 49. Mahmood, 51. H. Al Shekar, 52. M. Abbas, 53. A. Ayyad Subs from: 38. M. Noorudin, 44. Ebrahim Al Muqla, 45. Abbas Khamis, 46. Fahad Al Hurdan, 47. Sadeq Jaafar, 48. Mahmoud Al Ajmi, 50. Alaa Ayyad, 54. Hamad Faisal, 55. Mohamed Saad

Coach: Senad Kreso

Shirt: Red Shorts: Red Socks: Red

Match Officials: Referee: Fareed Ali Mohammed AL MARZOUQI (United Arab Emirates) Assistant Referee: Ahmed Yaqqob MOHAMED (United Arab Emirates) Assistant Referee: Mohamed Jasem Saif Hamad AL MEHAIRI (United Arab Emirates) Fourth Official: Ali Hamad Madhad Saif AL BADWAWI (United Arab Emirates)