The United Arab Emirates have Friday at the Asian Cup in their own country for a solid stunt ensured. The promoter knocked defending champion Australia in the quarter finals in Al Ain 1-0.
Australia was the big favorite, but the opening is not forcing. Halfway through the second half to beat the home team, through Ali Ahmed Mabkhout (68.). The defending champion put everything in his quest for the equalizer. The 1-1 remained, however, and the painful exit was – despite eleven minutes of extra time – a fact. Mathew Ryan, with a history at Club Brugge and Racing Genk, was in ‘The Socceroos’ between the posts. Danny Vukovic, the current centerpiece of Genk, sitting on the couch.
The UAE takes it to a place in the final against Qatar. The golfstaat knocked earlier Friday in the quarterfinals South Korea with 1-0. In the other semi final battle bikkelen Iran and Japan to a place in the last two. (belga)