The Socceroos will be up against the weight of home support when they meet the United Arab Emirates in the Quarter Finals of AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ on Saturday morning (AEDT).
Al Ain will again be the scene as Australia attempt to build on their nail-biting shootout triumph against Uzbekistan, which came after 120 minutes of heavy possession and perspiration.
Mat Ryan shone with two superb spot-kick saves and Graham Arnold has expressed confidence in his players’ ability to back up from that match.
He will, however, be forced to compensate for the absence of a suspended key man for a do-or-die encounter that is simply not to be missed.
Where and when
Date: Saturday, January 26 (AEDT)
Venue: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Kick-off: 3:00am (AEDT)
Current AFC rankings
Prevailing on penalties against a disciplined and defensive Uzbekistan will have reinforced the Socceroos’ belief they can emerge victorious from high-pressure situations.
That will need to be the case once more on Saturday morning (AEDT) with host nation UAE certain to enjoy fervent support.
An in-form Ryan certainly plays in Australia’s favour and the gun goalkeeper takes two clean sheets in his last three outings into the next assignment.
Another in Al Ain would go a long way to securing the team’s passage into the Semi Finals.
Source : Socceroos WEBSITE