3 years ago: @Socceroos defeats United Arab Emirates in AFC Asian Cup 2015 semifinal

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Newcastle: Hosts Australia will face Korea Republic in the final of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 after maiden international goals from both Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson in the first half at a damp Newcastle Stadium secured a 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

Sainsbury handed 2011 finalists Australia the ideal start to their bid to secure a second consecutive final appearance as the centre-back headed home inside the first three minutes of the semi-final with his first goal for the Socceroos.

And with Davidson following suit 11 minutes later as the full-back became Australia’s 10th different scorer during the tournament, Ange Postecoglou’s side will face two-time winners Korea on Saturday at Stadium Australia looking to claim a maiden continental title.

Both sides made two changes following their semi-final successes, with Australia recalling defender Matthew Spiranovic and midfielder Mark Milligan, while the UAE brought in full-back Walid Abbas and forward Mohamed Abdulrahman.

And it was Spiranovic’s central defensive partner Sainsbury who handed Australia the ideal start inside the first three minutes as the centre-back powered a downward header from Massimo Luongo’s right wing corner past Majed Naser.

Australia, though, were given a huge let off seven minutes later as Ahmed Khalil hit the foot of the post from Abdulaziz Sanqour’s low cross with goalkeeper Mat Ryan rooted to the spot.

But Australia took full advantage just four minutes later as the UAE defended desperately close to their own goal, but after only being able to scramble the ball out towards the edge of the penalty area, Davidson was on hand to fire a low first-time effort into the bottom corner past Naser.

The UAE finally came into the contest at the end of the second half, but with Australia goalkeeper Ryan yet to be fully tested, the hosts still looked the more likely to add to their advantage.

Omar Abdulrahman was finally having more of an impact on the contest at the start of the second half and the UAE remained in the hunt for way back into the contest as Khalil flashed an effort just wide six minutes after the restart with Ryan at full stretch.

Australia coach Postecoglou reacted to this by reshaping the Socceroos’ midfield just before the hour mark with the introduction of Matt McKay at the expense of Milligan.

And Australia were able to close out the contest without any major scares with Postecoglou having the luxury of being able to withdraw both Tim Cahill and Robbie Kruse as the UAE faded over the final minutes having fallen short of a return to the final for the first time since 1996.

Photo: WSG

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Caltex Socceroo defender Jason Davidson back in form in Eredivisie

Jason started for FC Groningen in their 3-2 loss to FC Utrecht overnight.

Left-back Jason Davidson has sent a reminder of his talent to Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers with an assist in the Eredivisie this morning.

Davidson was back in the Groningen starting side and made the most of the opportunity, setting up a goal for Bryan Linssen in the 3-2 loss to FC Utrecht.

It was Davidson’s long ball forward which was misjudged by a defender, allowing Linssen to score and Groningen to take a 2-0 lead to the break.

But the hosts were unable to hold off an incredible fightback, completed eight minutes from time as Yassin Ayoub put FC Utrecht in front for the first time.

But Davidson’s start has come at the right time as he tries to force his way back into calculations for the upcoming qualifiers against Iraq and UAE.

The likes of Brad Smith – who was an unused sub in AFC Bournemouth’s 2-1 loss to West Brom this morning – Aziz Behich and Alex Gersbach are the other players Postecoglou is likely to consider for the left-back role.

 

Brad Smith challenges for the ball with Everton's Romelu Lukaku.Elsewhere in Holland, there were three Aussies on the bench as Sparta Rotterdam beat NEC 1-0, with Craig Goodwin and Kenneth Dougall getting the better of Stefan Mauk’s NEC.

Meanwhile in Scotland, midfielder Ryan Edwards put in another excellent 90-minute display as Partick Thistle overcame Hearts 2-0.

Striker Scott McDonald also got through a full match but his Motherwell side was crushed 5-1 at home against Dundee.

 

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Jason Davidson scores in Championship thrashing

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Jason Davidson has scored his first goal in English football, netting in Huddersfield Town’s 5-0 rout of fellow Socceroo Rhys Williams’ Charlton Athletic in the English Championship overnight.
The Socceroos defender was picked out in the six-yard box in stoppage time as the Terriers went on a late raid, slidding a left-footed finish past the keeper.

The win was the Hudersfield’s fifth in their last eight matches as they moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Conversely it was a miserable night for fellow defender Rhys Williams, who was making his first league start for Charlton.

The 27-year-old, who is finally back on the park after missing the best part of the last two years with an Achilles injury, is currently on loan from league leaders Middlesbrough in a bid for more game time.

Jordan Lyden was again on the bench in the Premier League as Aston Villa grabbed a much-needed 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Villa Park.

The 19-year-old made his first-team debut in the EPL cellar-dwellers’ 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup on the weekend.

The three points is the Birmingham club’s first under Remi Garde and came about after a howler from Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak was a second-half substitute for Alan Pardew’s side but was unable to help overturn the deficit as Villa notched just their second league win of the season.

Bailey Wright was involved in Preston North End’s 2-1 win over Bristol City, moving them up to 13th in England’s second tier.

Adam Federici, Tommy Oar and Massimo Luongo were all unused substitutes after being involved in the weekend’s FA Cup action.

Jackson Irvine played over an hour for Ross County as they claimed a 1-0 home win over Dunfemline in their Scottish FA Cup replay to move through to the fifth round.

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Australia 2 – 0 United Arab Emirates

Newcastle: Hosts Australia will face Korea Republic in the final of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 after maiden international goals from both Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson in the first half at a damp Newcastle Stadium secured a 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

Sainsbury handed 2011 finalists Australia the ideal start to their bid to secure a second consecutive final appearance as the centre-back headed home inside the first three minutes of the semi-final with his first goal for the Socceroos.

And with Davidson following suit 11 minutes later as the full-back became Australia’s 10th different scorer during the tournament, Ange Postecoglou’s side will face two-time winners Korea on Saturday at Stadium Australia looking to claim a maiden continental title.

Both sides made two changes following their semi-final successes, with Australia recalling defender Matthew Spiranovic and midfielder Mark Milligan, while the UAE brought in full-back Walid Abbas and forward Mohamed Abdulrahman.

And it was Spiranovic’s central defensive partner Sainsbury who handed Australia the ideal start inside the first three minutes as the centre-back powered a downward header from Massimo Luongo’s right wing corner past Majed Naser.

Australia, though, were given a huge let off seven minutes later as Ahmed Khalil hit the foot of the post from Abdulaziz Sanqour’s low cross with goalkeeper Mat Ryan rooted to the spot.

But Australia took full advantage just four minutes later as the UAE defended desperately close to their own goal, but after only being able to scramble the ball out towards the edge of the penalty area, Davidson was on hand to fire a low first-time effort into the bottom corner past Naser.

The UAE finally came into the contest at the end of the second half, but with Australia goalkeeper Ryan yet to be fully tested, the hosts still looked the more likely to add to their advantage.

Omar Abdulrahman was finally having more of an impact on the contest at the start of the second half and the UAE remained in the hunt for way back into the contest as Khalil flashed an effort just wide six minutes after the restart with Ryan at full stretch.

Australia coach Postecoglou reacted to this by reshaping the Socceroos’ midfield just before the hour mark with the introduction of Matt McKay at the expense of Milligan.

And Australia were able to close out the contest without any major scares with Postecoglou having the luxury of being able to withdraw both Tim Cahill and Robbie Kruse as the UAE faded over the final minutes having fallen short of a return to the final for the first time since 1996.

Photo: WSG

Source : Asian Football Confederation Website

Who’ll start for the Socceroos in Tajikistan?

The Socceroos starting XI against Bangladesh in Perth.

Adam Federici;Tarek Elrich,Alex Wilkinson,Bailey Wright,Jason Davidson;Mark Milligan,Massimo Luongo, Matthew McKay;Matthew Leckie,Nathan Burn,Tim Cahill

Aussies abroad: Yin and yang for Tim Cahill in China

Tim Cahill shakes hands with the opposition at full-time in the Chinese Super League.

Tim Cahill has continued his mid–season resurgence, finding the back of the net for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League overnight.

The Socceroos striker scored the opener on the hour mark against Tianjin Taida but unfortunately it was cancelled out 14 minutes from time as his side had to settle for a 1-1 result on their travels.

Adding to the pain, Cahill was on the receiving end of a painful backheel kick to the groin from defender Lucas Fonseca, which forced him to the sideline but he was able to complete the match.

On a brighter note the goal was the fourth in five games for the 35-year-old as Shanghai Shenhua remained seventh in the standings.

In Japan, Nathan Burns made his club debut for FC Tokyo on the opening matchday of the second stage in the J-League.

The striker was introduced on the hour mark but couldn’t prevent his side succumbing to a 2-0 defeat away to Kawasaki Frontale.

Elsewhere in Japan, former Mariner Mitch Duke played a full match for Shimizu S-Pulse as they were on the receiving end of a 5-0 drubbing from Vissel Kobe.

In the Korea Republic, Alex Wilkinson was a mainstay in defence for Jeonbuk as they claimed a comfortable 3-0 win to maintain top spot in the K-League.

Meanwhile in China former Victory skipper Adrian Leijer also played the 90 minutes in Chongqing Lifan’s 1-1 result.

In England numerous other Socceroos returned to the playing field in club friendlies, with a couple of players donning their new club’s colours for the first time.

Massimo Luongo, Jason Davidson, Bailey Wright and Adam Taggart all played half a game with mixed results but more importantly came through their first hit-out of the season unscathed.

In Denmark Mustafa Amini was rested from Randers pre-season match against Viborg, but former Perth Glory keeper Jack Duncan was handed a start and kept a cleansheet in the goalless stalemate.

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Jason Davidson finds a new home in England

Davidson in action for the Socceroos in a recent friendly against Germany.

Socceroo fullback Jason Davidson has secured his playing future after signing for Championship club Huddersfield Town on a three-year-deal.

The 23-year-old’s club career had been in limbo after leaving West Bromwich Albion at the end of the 2014/15 Premier League season.

Davidson made just five appearances for the Baggies in the last campaign and admitted he was hungry for another opportunity in England.

“Firstly being in England, it was a key factor for me to make sure I stayed in the UK because I think the level of football over here is fantastic,” Davidson told Huddersfield Town’s Youtube Channel.

“In my experience last year in the Premier League I saw a bit of the Championship and how the teams played and I really wanted to make sure I had another go in England.

“It didn’t really work out for me last year at West Brom. Huddersfield came along, it was something that was really interesting for me and I wanted to make sure it happened.”

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell had been tracking the Socceroo for the past 18 months and said securing a quality left-fullback was a key priority for the club.

“A lot of hard work has gone into bringing Jason to the Club, so it’s fantastic that he’s joined us ahead of the start of pre-season training on 1 July,” Powell told htafc.com

“Recruiting a top quality left back was a key priority in this transfer window and we believe we have achieved this in signing Jason.

 

“The Club’s scouting process started tracking Jason a full 18 months ago during his time in the Eredivisie and our team has watched him regularly ever since for Heracles, Australia and West Brom’s sides. We tried to recruit him in March, but could not reach a deal.”

The fullback joins former Stoke City midfielder Dean Whitehead at the Terriers, with the club looking to rebuild after finishing 16th in the Championship last season.

Davidson said he was impressed with Powell’s football philosophy and admitted the club’s keen interest in him was a key factor in his decision.

“I spoke to the gaffer before signing and he really gave me confidence. To find a coach that has that confidence in you… from day one negotiations I felt the club really wanted me,” he said.

“That was a big factor, to go somewhere you are really wanted and that’s what I felt.”

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Jason Davidson in limbo after West Brom exit

The future of Socceroo left-back Jason Davidson remains up in the air after he was released by West Bromwich Albion following the end of the EPL season.

Davidson was just a year into his two-year deal with the Baggies but was granted a release after failing to break into Tony Pulis’ first-team.

He managed only four appearances in the senior side, most of those in the League Cup where he was the hero in a penalty shootout victory in the early rounds.

Despite being without a club, the 23-year-old still looms as Ange Postecoglou’s first-choice left-back and was yesterday named in the 23-man squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.

Davidson is one of a few current Socceroos whose club futures are in limbo ahead of next season.

Tommy Oar, Ivan Franjic and Tomi Juric are all on the lookout for new clubs after parting ways with FC Utrecht, Torpedo Moscow and Western Sydney Wanderers respectively.

“I’ll never advise a player where to go and to which club,” Postecoglou said on Monday about the futures of some of his stars.

“Wherever they go, whether it’s here, in Asia or Europe, from a national team perspective it needs to be a place where they keep progressing their football and themselves.

“If they go into that environment and play well, they’ll get selected (for Australia).

“They are key decisions but ultimately that comes down to individuals and what their priorities are to them and they’re all at different stages of their careers.”

Massimo Luongo will almost certainly find himself at a new club next season while Nathan Burns is another who is expected to find a new home for the next campaign.

Postecoglou says the upcoming qualifier is a chance for every player to put themselves in the shop window.

“By the time the next World Cup comes around we want players playing in top leagues and I think playing at the national team level has helped in that regard,” the Soocceroo boss said.

“All those things are positives and that’s what we need to see more of. That’s why some of the decisions the players are making (are so important).

“Tommy Oar is another who’s had a fantastic career at Utrecht, so he’s got a big decision about his next move now. Hopefully he gets to play in one of the top leagues as well.

“The more players we get playing in the top league by the time of the next World Cup, means the better placed we’ll be to be a strong team as a unit.”

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Aussies abroad: Socceroo’s Turkish Cup win

​Socceroo stars Aziz Behich, Massimo Luongo and Jason Davidson were all in action overnight in a mixed night for Aussies playing abroad.

In Turkey, Behich’s Bursaspor won through to the semi-finals of the Turkish Cup with a come-from-behind 3-2 second leg win over Genclerbirligi.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, Bursaspor surged home in the second to snatch a 4-3 aggregate win, with Behich playing up until the 63rd minute of an enthralling tie.

 

Luongo played a full match as Swindon Town put four goals past Rochdale in a comfortable 4-2 win in League One.

Bailey Wright’s Preston North End edged closer to promotion to the English Championship despite surrendering a two-goal lead at home to Gillingham.

 

Preston drew 2-2 to remain second in League One with four games to go, with Wright getting through a full 90 minutes while Neil Kilkenny came on with 10 minutes to go.

Also in League One, James Meredith got through a full match as Bradford  City were crushed 6-0 by league-leaders Bristol City while Alex Cisak was in goal as Leyton Orient went down 1-0 to Doncaster Rovers.

Socceroo left-back Jason Davidson scored a penalty in the shoot-out but it wasn’t enough as West Bromwich Albion were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

 

Davidson, who has struggled to break into the first team at the Baggies, played the entire 120 minutes in the 1-1 draw and then slotted his penalty in the shoot-out, eventually going down 4-2 on spot-kicks to Nuneaton Town.

Adam Federici played a full match as Reading were beaten 1-0 at home by Bournemouth in the Championship, while Gethin Jones’ Plymouth Argyle drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon in League 2.

 


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Socceroo Jason Davidson: To Russia with love

Socceroo Jason Davidson goes up for the ball against Germany's Karim Bellarabi.

Socceroo Jason Davidson goes up for the ball against Germany’s Karim Bellarabi.

FFA TV | Davidson: Russia the goal for Socceroos

Jason Davidson says a strong showing at the 2018 World Cup remains the long term target for the Socceroos.

Defender Jason Davidson says the Socceroos are loving their football at the moment but the chance to impress at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is motivating them to constantly get better.

Ange Postecoglou’s men feel they can challenge any team in the world on the back of January’s Asian Cup triumph and having gone within a whisker of accounting for the reigning champions.

However replicating their current results on the international stage remains the long term target, with Davidson adamant the team can still improve immensely over the next three years.

“Everyone can see how much the team has grown from day one. It’s evolving, the team is really jelling at the moment,” Davidson told FFA TV from the Socceroos training base in Germany.

“I think Ange has really tried to implement his philosophy into the squad and it’s starting to sink in so it’s a great journey and I think this is just the beginning.

“Russia World Cup 2018 I think that’s the key and target for us.

“To think we’ve got three more years to really push forward with his philosophy and jell even more and hopefully we can go there and be a force to be reckoned with.”

Having rarely featured for his club side West Brom this season, Davidson was grateful to get another game under his belt and insisted the Socceroos were not getting carried away with their result against Germany.

“I think we did really well, obviously they’re the World champions and with us being the Asian champions it was a great hit out.

“I think we shocked a few people – especially over here in Germany and we were a bit unfortunate not to get the win.”

The 23-year-old said the Socceroos would go into Tuesday’s clash against FYR Macedonia full on confidence but they would not be underestimating their opposition despite the gulf in rankings.

“I think every game that we go into we’re very confident of getting a result and believe in what we’re trying to do.

“Obviously it’s an international game, but it doesn’t matter if you’re playing against Germany or Macedonia they’re going to be a tough opponent in their own right.

“We’re definitely going into this game focused to make sure we get a result – we want to win.

“So we prepare like it was any other game, there’s no easy opponent and I think it will be a great game.”

FYR MACEDONIA v AUSTRALIA

National Arena Philip II of Macedonia Stadium, Skopje, FYR Macedonia

Monday 30 March 2015, 8.00pm kick-off (6.00am Tuesday 31 March AEDT)

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