Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Australia on the verge of qualifying for 2010 World Cup

Australia all but qualified for the 2010 World Cup tonight after beating Uzbekistan 2-0 on a wet evening in Sydney before 57,292 spectators in a Group A match.

If Qatar and Bahrain draw early tomorrow (Australian time), Australia have qualified.

If Bahrain win, then Australia need just one point from their remaining three games to qualify.

Australia looked poor in the opening half and Uzbekistan had a couple of good chances.

But, Australia should have scored through Bresciano on the quarter-hour, but he fired straight at the goalkeeper when clean through.

Culina also had a marvellous strike that was brilliantly tipped over the bar for a corner by the Uzbekistan goalkeeper.

Australia were revitalised in the second half and played some very good football.

Substitute Josh Kennedy headed the Socceroos in front in the 66th minute from Bresciano’s right-wing cross after an excellent build-up out of defence involving seven passes.

Harry Kewell made it 2-0 with a 71st-minute penalty, awarded for a foul on Garcia.

Uzbekistan had the ball in the net in stoppage time, but the effort was ruled off-side.

The Korean Republic (South Korea) moved to the top of Group B by beating the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) 1-0 in Seoul this evening.


Bahrain 1-0 Qatar

Bolivia 6-1 Argentina
Brazil 3-0 Peru
Ecuador 1-1 Paraguay
Venezuela 2-0 Colombia

Andorra 0-2 Croatia
Austria 2-1 Romania
Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 Belgium
Bulgaria 2-0 Cyprus
Czech Republic 1-2 Slovakia
Denmark 3-0 Albania
England 2-1 Ukraine
Estonia 1-0 Armenia
France 1-0 Lithuania
Georgia 0-0 Montenegro
Greece 2-1 Israel
Holland 4-0 FYR Macedonia
Hungary 3-0 Malta
Italy 1-1 Rep of Ireland
Kazakhstan 1-5 Belarus
Latvia 2-0 Luxembourg
Liechtenstein 0-1 Russia
Northern Ireland 1-0 Slovenia
Poland 10-0 San Marino
Scotland 2-1 Iceland
Switzerland 2-0 Moldova
Turkey 1-2 Spain
Wales 0-2 Germany


Sent off 1 said...

Great result for Australia - forget all the hype about creative football - we need to be in South Africa , Pim deserves credit for the result in the end , but as for team selection thought he was lucky - we keep on going on about must be playing regular at club level to play ...
Well maybe all the bleating about McDonald and scoring goals in the Scottish two team Premier league and must play for Australia will now end.
Yes he can score goals - no he cannot play in a 4-2-3-1 system as the sole striker - too slow - small and not physically up to it.

Jesus is the man he scares the opposition because of his size - mobility and his ability to bring other players into game.

We also need to sort out defensivly Beauchamp maybe ok for the Danes but lost in Australia, he could get an award for ball watching we were lucky not to be 2 down early because of his defencive defficencies, bring in spiranovic now and get him playing with Lucas .

The Gonky said...

Was anyone (without Austar) annoyed at the lack of live free-to-air?

Sure, it's about money, but dayum!

Good on the Aussies. They better learn how to play for 90 minutes right quick though.