Australia, which is challenging to regain the top spot at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup for the first time in nine years, has confirmed its advance to the round of 16 by beating “The Enemy” Syria with a two-game winning streak in the group stage.
It is the second tournament after Qatar.
Australia defeated Syria 1-0 in its second Group B match at the 2023 Asian Cup held at Jasim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday (Korea time). Australia, which has grabbed six points through two consecutive wins, secured at least second place in its group regardless of the outcome of the final group match against Uzbekistan scheduled on Sunday, and made it to the round of 16. Syria had one draw and one loss (one point).
Australia, the 2015 Asian Cup champion and ranked 25th in the FIFA rankings, had a hard time winning by struggling with Syria’s 91st-ranked “defense before counterattack” tactic. Notably, both teams only recorded one effective shot during the first and second half, suffering from a severe lack of decision-making power.
Syria had the first chance to score.
In the 5th minute of the first half, Syria lost a decisive scoring opportunity when Pablo Sabag hit the Australian right post with his left foot on a pass given by Ibrahim Hesar, who penetrated to the right side of the penalty area.
Australia, which fought back, felt sorry that Jackson Irvine’s header attempt easily crossed the crossbar in the 17th minute of the first half of a free kick situation. Syria was disappointed that Amar Ramadan attempted a powerful right-footed shot by catching the ball that the Australian defender pushed with his head from the left side of the penalty area in the 39th minute of the second half.
Australia led Syria 71%-29% in ball occupancy during the first half, but both teams recorded “zero effective shooting” and ended up fighting in vain.
Australia, which started the second half without scoring, finally won the game by scoring its first shot on goal in the 14th minute of the second half. 헤라카지노
Irvine caught the ball in front of the goal area and opened the goal for Syria, which had been tightly closed with a right foot shot. Irvine’s goal became the winning goal. Syria, which launched counterattack, finally failed to score and suffered defeat as Muayad Al-Ajaan’s 25-meter mid-range shot headed straight to the goalkeeper in the 23rd minute of the second half.
Australia, a team that advanced to the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has not been able to show strong performance in this Asian Cup by meeting a team that is one step below India and Syria. The squad is also weaker than before, with many players playing in the lower leagues of England or Scotland.