Game :- Uzbekistan vs Australia
Competition:- AFC Asian Cup 2011- Semifinal
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
25th January 2011- 19.25 local time
There will be atleast one new finalist in the history of the Asian Cup as Uzbekistan meet Australia in the semifinals on Tuesday evening. Neither side has ever made it to the finals of the tournament and both are playing their first ever semifinal. Bet on Uzbekistan vs Australia after reading our preview at Sportsbookie.com
The Uzbeks, who topped Group A, saw off Jordan 2-1 in their quarterfinal tie to book a semifinal meeting with the Socceroos. Ulugbek Bakayev’s early second half brace helped the White Wolves overcome Jordan.
Vadim Abramov’s side have scored in each of their games at this tournament and are yet to be unbeaten. They have scored twice in each of their last five games, as the recent form statistic will tell you. Striker Alexander Geynrikh and goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov picked up knocks against Jordan but are expected to recover in time for the game against Australia.
Uzbekistan form- last five games- most recent first- Uzbekistan scorers in brackets-
Uzbekistan 2-1 Jordan ( Ulugbek Bakayev*2)
China 2-2 Uzbekistan ( Odil Akhmedov, Alexander Geynrikh)
Uzbekistan 2-1 Kuwait ( Maxim Shatskikh, Server Djaporov)
Qatar 0-2 Uzbekistan ( Odil Akhmedov, Server Djaporov)
Jordan 2-2 Uzbekistan (Jasur Hasanov, Olim Navkarov)
Australia reached the semifinal for the first time in their history by seeing off Iraq in their semifinal. After wasting several chances in regulation time, the Socceroos won the game late in second half extra time when Harry Kewell nodded in Matt McKay’s cross.
Brett Emerton returns from suspension. Jason Culina is definitely out, but there are injury concerns over left back David Carney and striker Tim Cahill.
Australia form- last five games- most recent first- Australia scorers in brackets-
Australia 1-0 Iraq ( Harry Kewell)
Australia 1-0 Bahrain ( Mile Jedinak)
Australia 1-1 Korea ( Mile Jedinak)
India 0-4 Australia ( Cahill *2, Harry Kewell, Brett Holman)
UAE 0-0 Australia
Verdict:- The Socceroos have several players with European experience under their belt and an excellent stopper in Schwarzer.
Australia 2-0 Uzbekistan ( Lucas Neill, Brett Holman)