The Young Socceroos have bowed out of the AFC U-19 Championships after being held to a 1-1 draw against Uzbekistan in their final group match on Wednesday morning.Paul Okon’s men needed a win to guarantee progression to the quarter finals and looked on course when Stefan Mauk struck in the 66th minute to hand them a 1-0 advantage.
But Uzbekistan hit back with less than 10 minutes remaining and despite mounting a late onslaught the Young Socceroos were unable to fashion a winner.
The Young Aussies started the match brightly and controlled possession in the opening 20 minutes without fashioning a clear-cut chance.
Uzbekistan were content to play on the counter attack and had a half chance to open the scoring in the 22nd minute but Australian goalkeeper Jordan Thurtell smothered the danger.
Both teams failed to penetrate in the opening half with the Young Socceroos looking the more likely without seriously threatening to find the net.
Australia came out in the second half with more intent and deservedly took the lead through Melbourne City midfielder Stefan Mauk in the 66th minute.
But the goal seemed to spark Uzbekistan into action and their weight of possession eventually told as they levelled the scores in the 83rd minute.
The Young Socceroos dominated the final stages as they pushed for a late winner but it wasn’t to be for Paul Okon’s men who bowed out of the tournament due to their inferior goal difference.
Young Socceroos XI: Thurtell (gk), D’Cunha, Alessi, Burgess, Galloway, Gligor, Mauk, De Silva, Mabil, Sotirio, Skapetis
Aussies Abroad: Leckie on target in Hertha's Bundesliga draw
Mathew Leckie was on the scoresheet in Hertha Berlin’s 2-2 draw with Augsburg in this morning’s Bundesliga clash. The 27-year-old finished off a rapid counter attack from Hertha in the first half to level the scores at 1-1. Leckie’s strike is his second in five Bundesliga m
Aussies Abroad: Rogic, Vukovic primed for big UEFA Europa League ties
Tom Rogic and Celtic will face traditional La Liga powerhouse Valencia while Danny Vukovic’s Gent take on Czech giants Slavia Prague after the draw for the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 was made on Tuesday morning (AEDT). Celtic scrapped through by the skin of their teeth, af
Aussies Abroad: Jeggo stars in Vienna derby, Ryan edged by Chelsea in Premier League
A clean sheet, a title race and a derby goal headlined an action-packed night for our overseas Australians. In Austria, James Jeggo opened his account for the season in Austria Wien’s 6-1 hammering of Rapid Wien in the Vienna derby. DEGENEK REFLECTS: Caltex Socceroos defend
Aussies Abroad: Luongo, Irvine help sides to important Championship wins
Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine both braved atrocious English weather to help steer their sides to Championship victories on Sunday morning (AEDT). And in warmer temperatures, Matt Jurman’s Al Ittihad broke through for their first win of the Saudi Arabia Pro League season at