UAE's forward Caio Canedo fights for the ball with Australia's midfielder Ben Folami at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium in Doha. AFP
Gulf Today Report
Jackson Irvine and Ajdin Hrustic scored a goal each as Australia defeated UAE 2-1 in their 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff match in Doha on Tuesday.
Now the Australia will take on Peru in the intercontinental playoff for a place in the World Cup. Australia have played in the last four consecutive World Cups.
This is the deepest the UAE have managed to go since their maiden qualification in 1990.
After a goalless first-half, Australia broke the deadlock through Jackson Irvine in the 57th minute to take a 1-0 lead.
After collecting a low pass from Martin Boyle, Irvine slotted home the opener to put Australia 1-0 ahead.
But the joy of Australians was short lived as the UAE pulled one back through Caeo Canedo four minutes later to restore the parity. This was Caeo’s fourth goal for the UAE in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
The Brazilian import is one of the most of important cog in the wheel of UAE juggernaut. He has been instrumental in all their victories, making an impact either by scoring himself or setting up one.
In the 75th minute, UAE coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena decided to introduce fresh legs, with Ali Saleh replacing Ali Mabkhout and Yahya Nader replaced Abdalla Ramadan. Hrustic added one more in the 84th minute.
The play-off matches represent an opportunity for the teams that stumbled in their qualifying journey.
The Welsh team was writing a new history yesterday, after it qualified for the European play-off at the expense of Ukraine, to return to the world stage after an absence of 64 years.
England winger Karen Carney hopes to bow out with a win at the women’s World Cup after coach Phil Neville said on Friday she would feature in the third-place playoff against Sweden.
Germany became the first team to secure their place in the last eight of the Women’s World Cup after Lea Schueller’s late strike completed a hard-fought 3-0 win over underdogs Nigeria on Saturday.
UAE national coach Bert Van Marwijk announced an expanded list of the probables for a training camp, which will held from March 23-29 in Dubai, it was announced by the UAEFA across their social media platforms.
Before performing the feat, Molchanov used 'lung packing,' which is a breathing technique that allows divers to inflate their lungs with as much as two gallons of air and stay underwater for minutes at a time.
Salah wrote: "My sincere condolences to the victims of the Abu Sefein Church, with my best wishes for a speedy recovery for all the injured."
Sajjad Akbar Khan of Pakistan Television won the Sohni Dharti Badminton Tournament in Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah. He defeated Iftikhar Chaudhry of Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah after a tough contest in the final.