Late deflected strike keeps Australian World Cup hopes alive

7/6/2022 11:27:00 PM

Late deflected strike keeps Australian World Cup hopes alive

Late deflected strike keeps Australian World Cup hopes alive

:Australia will take on Peru next week for a place at November's World Cup finals after beating the United Arab Emirates 2-1 on Tuesday in Asia's final eliminator for Qatar 2022.Defender Ali Salmeen deflected Ajdin Hrustic's volley past Khaled Eisa with six minutes remaining at Al Rayyan's Ahmad bin Ali Stadi

:Australia will take on Peru next week for a place at November's World Cup finals after beating the United Arab Emirates 2-1 on Tuesday in Asia's final eliminator for Qatar 2022.Defender Ali Salmeen deflected Ajdin Hrustic's volley past Khaled Eisa with six minutes remaining at Al Rayyan's Ahmad bin Ali Stadium to keep alive Australia's hopes of qualifying for a fifth consecutive World Cup finals.

Jackson Irvine had put Graham Arnold's side in front with a close-range strike in the 53rd minute but Caio Canedo levelled four minutes later with an emphatic finish into the roof of Mathew Ryan's net.The Australians increased the pressure throughout the second half and it eventually paid off when Hrustic volleyed towards goal following Aaron Mooy's corner and the deflection off Salmeen proved decisive.

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Defender Ali Salmeen deflected Ajdin Hrustic's volley past Khaled Eisa with six minutes remaining at Al Rayyan's Ahmad bin Ali Stadium to keep alive Australia's hopes of qualifying for a fifth consecutive World Cup finals. Jackson Irvine had put Graham Arnold's side in front with a close-range strike in the 53rd minute but Caio Canedo levelled four minutes later with an emphatic finish into the roof of Mathew Ryan's net. Arnold's outfit will need to travel a similar path to qualify for the Qatar finals, with the winner of the UAE clash progressing to another playoff against Peru six days later. The Australians increased the pressure throughout the second half and it eventually paid off when Hrustic volleyed towards goal following Aaron Mooy's corner and the deflection off Salmeen proved decisive. "So the opportunity to play in a stadium like this, with such a vocal, loud crowd, where we couldn’t communicate clearly with each other, we learnt a hell of a lot. "We showed good character, I think we dominated the majority of the game and we took the chances when they came," said Australia's Martin Boyle."And it’s our fifth time we’ve had to go through playoffs. "It's only a job half done. “That will be his plan.

We have to dust ourselves down, prepare and we will go again." The Socceroos have qualified for every World Cup since 2006 after making their debut in 1974. But the luck ran out when the ball was passed back to goalkeeper Oli Sail who coughed it up with a heavy touch, allowing striker Lapadula to swoop and volley into an open goal." Harib Abdalla Suhail had carried the principal threat down the left for an Emirates side that had the better of the initial exchanges, forcing Ryan into a pair of saves at his near post in a tepid first 45 minutes. But eight minutes into the second half the Australians struck, with Boyle turning the defence before finding Irvine, who scored with a first-time finish from inside the six-yard box. Arnold was unfazed by the prospect of a hostile crowd and said his team was at home in the Middle East, having played 14 out of 18 World Cup qualifiers in the region. The lead lasted four minutes as Suhail's pace proved problematic once more. "That was a little bit of a shock . The Shabab Al Ahli winger curled in a cross and Caio eventually drove his left-foot shot into the roof of the net."I think the neutral fans will also be supporting us. It might even be as short term as that.

Craig Goodwin and Hrustic both had efforts that flew over the target before Boyle saw the ball bounce off his shins and go wide as the Australians increased the pressure. Eisa kept the Emirates in the game with an instinctive save from substitute Jamie Maclaren 10 minutes from time, but there was little he could do four minutes later. Source: Reuters. the strength and speed of the Peruvians. Mooy's corner was headed back towards the edge of the penalty area and Hrustic made a powerful connection, with the ball taking a decisive deflection off Salmeen's hip to leave Eisa helpless. The Socceroos will meet Peru in the same venue next Monday in the first of two intercontinental playoffs to determine the remaining spots at the finals, with New Zealand playing Costa Rica in the final eliminator 24 hours later. Source: Reuters . But Page said it would be unrealistic to pick Bale for the World Cup if he was not playing at a club next season.