Australia v Qatar - Live Update
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A terrific win for Australia, set up by a first half domination, which saw all three goals scored.
Full Time - AUSTRALIA 3 QATAR 0
two minutes of injury time.
Sting has really gone out of the game. Understandably some of the Australian players are looking tired, but defence is coping fairly comfortably with Qatar attacks
84' AUS - shot - Aloisi has golden opportunity, but first touch lets him down and scuffs his shot straight to Saqr.
79' QAT - shot - Mustafa Abdulla shot from long range, straight to Schwarzer
78' AUS - sub - Brett Holman on - Moore off... possibly last appearance for national team
77' AUS - corner - Saqr blocks a flicked header by Aloisi, comes back out to Neill, who heads back towards goal where Koni is fouled by Carney
76' AUS - fk - Carney's cross, headed back into middle is headed out for a corner.
Crowd - 50,969
73' AUS - corner - comes to nothing
The Australians have slowed considerably, as the travel fatigue has set in.
70' AUS - sub - John Aloisi on - Kennedy off
Kennedy is not good behind the goals and is going to come off, but the ball won't go out.
66' AUS - sub - Carl Valeri on - Cahill off
65' QAT - yc - Koni for a bad challenge on Kennedy
65' QAT - corner - punched away by Schwarzer
65' AUS - yc - Moore... fairly harsh
The crowd is calling for Archie Thompson to come on as he stretches in front of them.
62' QAT - corner - cleared by Cahill
61' QAT - shot - Hassan shot saved by Schwarzer
59' AUS - shot - Kennedy header is inches over the bar
58' QAT - shot - sub Mesaad should have scored from close range, but put ball into side-netting
57' AUS - shot - Bresciano brilliant play but shot saved by Saqr
55' AUS - shot - Cahill header across the face of goal from a great ball by Emerton
A bit quieter start to the second half, Qatar looking a bit more composed on the ball, but when Australia have it they sit back and give Australia a lot if time on the ball.
50' AUS - shot - powerful shot by Wilkshire, is saved by Saqr and cleared away for corner.
Qatar subs - Mesaad on - Sattam off; Rizik on - Majdi Abdulla off
We are underway again, with Qatar making two subs at the break. Will try and get those for you.
Welcome back. The players are coming back out for the second half, with Australia in a commanding position.
44' AUS - cross by Neill is almost turned in by Kennedy, but Saqr gets a touch and is cleared.
44' AUS - corner - Emerton almost capitalises on mistake, but Qatar clear just as about shoot.
41' Schwarzer gets a touch and clears away the danger... hasn't had a lot to do.
Australia's physical presence is proving to much for the Qataris
36' AUS - shot - Cahill should have made it four, but header is brilliantly saved by Saqr.
Verbeek gets a huge cheer as he kicks the ball back into play.
32' AUS - goal - Bresciano hits a low and hard shot past Saqr after terrific pass from McDonald.
28' AUS - shot - Kennedy shot saved with foot by Saqr and out for a corner. Great work by Australia to set Kennedy up.
25' QAT - shot - Ibrahim shot high and wide
24' QAT - fk - Schwarzer comes out and takes comfortably
21' Carney looking dangerous down the left puts Bresciano free, but his cross is cleared away
17' AUS - Goal - Cahill heads home corner by Wilkshire. Australia is killing them in the air.
16' AUS - fk - Emerton fouled on right... Carney cross, headed out for a corner.
15' AUS - shot - Wilkshire is inches wide from edge of area
13' AUS - corner, cleared for another corner. Second corner played deep, Neill gets a cross back into middle, Cahill heads over at full stretch.
12' Australia should have a corner, after another cross is deflected away from Cahill.
10' AUS - GOAL - Kennedy scores with a great header from a Brett Emerton cross.
6' AUS - Shot by Cahill blocked from close range by keeper. Great work from McDonald and Kennedy
3' The Qataris look quite nimble on the ball and Ibrahim wins a free kick. Poor cross into box goes out for a goal kick
7:37 - We are underway
The teams are lined up on the field and the national anthems are playing. We are minutes away from kick-off.
Qatar has sprung a surprise by naming two strikers.
Likewise Pim Verbeek has chosen Scott McDonald and Joshua Kennedy in a two-pronged attack. Craig Moore as expected lines up in the centre of defence.
Australia line-up: Mark Schwarzer (gk); Lucas Neill, Craig Moore, Tim Cahill, Jason Culina, Brett Emerton, Luke Wilkshire, Joshua Kennedy, Scott McDonald, David Carney, Mark Bresciano Subs from: Ante Covic (gk); Jacob Burns, Jade North, Brett Holman, John Aloisi, Archie Thompson, Carl Valeri
Qatar line-up: 1. Mohammed Saqr (Al Sadd). 3. Marconi Amaral Junior, 4. Ibrahim Al Ghanim, 5. Majdi Abdullah Siddiq, 6. Abdullah Obaid Koni, 8. Saad Sattam Al Shammari (c), 9. Ali Hassan Yahya, 13. Mustafa Mohammed Abdulla, 14. Khalfan Ibrahim Al Khalfan, 15. Talal Ali Albloushi, 16. Fabio Cesar Subs from: 2. Rajab Hamza (GK), 7. Ali Nasser Saleh, 10. Waleed Jassim Abdulla, 11. Meshaal Abdulla, 12. Magid Mohamed Hassan, 17. Wasim Rizik Abdulmajed. 18. Mesaad Ali Alhamad
MATCH OFFICIALS: Referee Subkhiddin MOHD SALLEH, Malaysia Assistant Referee 1 Thanom BORIKUT, Thailand Assistant Referee 2 Mohd Sabri MAT DAUD, Malaysia Fourth Official Rosdi SHAHARUL, Malaysia
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