Australia 2 – 0 United Arab Emirates: Match Stats

Newcastle: Australia have joined Korea Republic in the AFC Asian Cup final after defeating the UAE 2-0 in Newcastle.

Trent Sainsbury scored the opening after just two minutes before Jason Davidson scored his side’s second on 14 minutes.

The Socceroos will now face off against Korea Republic in Saturday’s final in Sydney.

Australia v UAE
Australia reached their second consecutive AFC Asian Cup final in only their third appearance in the tournament. They made the quarter-finals of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup before going down to Japan in 2011’s final.

The Socceroos have scored more goals in the tournament with 12 in their opening five matches. The only match in which they did not score was their group clash with their final opponents Korea Republic.

Australia have had ten different goal scorers in the tournament with Tim Cahill (3), Massimo Luongo (1), Mile Jedinak (1), Robbie Kruse (1), Mark Milligan (1), James Troisi (1), MattMcKay (1), Tomi Juric, Trent Sainsbury (1), Jason Davidson (1).

Ange Postecoglou’s men also lead the tournament with shots on target with 35. They did however only have three against the UAE.

Despite not scoring, UAE’s Ali Mabkhout maintains his position as the joint-leader on the goal scoring charts with four alongside Jordan’s Hamza Al Dardour.

Australia completed 83.4% of their 525 passes with the UAE completing 78% of their 468 passes.

The Socceroos had the edge with possession (53.5%) and territory (56%).

Photo: WSG

Source : Asian Football Confederation Website

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