Australia National Football Team will play second semi-final match of 16th AFC Asian Cup against United Arab Emirates on 27 January, 2015 at Newcastle Stadium. Winner of this knockout game will face South Korea in the final match on 31 January at Stadium Australia. Mile Jedinak is captaining Socceroos team in the tournament whereas Majed Naser is leading UAE in 2015 Asian Cup.
Let’s have a talk about these semifinalists in preview and prediction of the game.
This is the third Asian Cup tournament of Socceroos team and they are appearing in the semi-final for the consecutive second time and will be eager to make in final for the successive 2nd time. Australia was runner-up in 2011 asian cup. This is going to be first competitive match between Socceroos and UAE. Australia beat China in the quarterfinal to get here and their star player Cahill was phenomenal.
Socceroos will be again depending on him in the semifinal. Australian team is at the top in the competition to score the goals. Australia has scored 10 goals till now the Asian cup 2015 and hopefully they’ll add more to this list.
United Arab Emirates
UAE team has qualified for Asian Cup 2015 semifinal by defeating defending champions Japan. They will be highly depending on tournament’s top scorer Ali Mabkhout. United Arab Emirates has appeared in the afc Asian cup semi-final after 1996. UAE’s main strength is their defence as they have defended 75 shots. The way UAE faced Japan in quarterfinal it was great and even Australian side is aware of United Arab Emirates and they are not taking them lightly.
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said, “We have got a great respect for them and we have been tracking them since the World Cup.
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We had a feeling they could be an opponent, as even though we did not get them in the group, we thought they would be one of the teams we would get in the knockout rounds. We know them really well and we have analysed them well and we know it will be a tough challenge for us.”
It is expected that Australia will beat UAE in this match and will qualify for the final to be played on 31 Jan against Korea Republic.