The last places are defined for the Qatar World Cup 2022. This Tuesday, in the imposing Al Rayyan Stadium of Doha, face the australian national team and of United Arab Emirates with the intention of continuing in the race to play the most important soccer team competition on the planet. Both define in this Asian playoff who will be the last rival of Peru on their way to the World Cup.
For Australia It is the last option left for him to qualify for his fifth consecutive World Cup. For United Arab EmiratesInstead, it is the great opportunity to qualify for the event for the first time since its baptism in 1990. They have no margin for error, since it is a single match. Both intend to cross paths with the cast of Ricardo Gareca six days later.
These teams finished third in their respective groups in the Asian qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022 and now they play each other to determine who faces the fifth-place finisher from South America. In any case, whoever gets their ticket to the World Cup will be part of the Group D with France, Denmark and Tunisia.
The Socceroos had reached ideal score in his first three matches of the third round of Asia – extending a winning streak to 11 – but then only won one game of their next seven games and fell behind Saudi Arabia Y Japan in your area.
These results condemned them to go through another playoff for the World Cup ticket. Last time when Australia defeated Syria and then to Hondurasthe crossings were back and forth. Now they play a single game in Qatar. “There is nothing I want more in life right now than qualifying for the World Cup, for the players and for the nation,” said his coach, Graham Arnoldwho was an assistant Guus Hiddink when they played the 2006 World Cup.
Australiawho got in tune for this engagement with a win 2-1 in view of Jordan in a friendly last week, he has only won two in eight games. His coach assured that the fact of having played 14 of 18 Qualifying matches outside of Australia due to the COVID-19 restrictions it helped the team to have greater cohesion.
On the side of the United Arab EmiratesBeing so close to home to play this game is a great motivation. His Federation acquired more than 5,000 entries so that the fans could do the short crossing to Qatar for the playoff. They sold out immediately. They hope to return in November when Qatar will host the first World Cup in the Middle East.
The Basque arraubarrena became the replacement for Bert van Marwijk in February and opened with a victory over South Korea to seal third place in the group. “Our confidence is through the roof. We have players with enough international experience to respond to the pressure. But it’s 90 minutes, and the team that best deals with those pressures, and the one that best takes advantage of the opportunities, will come out the winner”, said the captain. walid abbas.
The hopes of emirates are put on Omar Abdul Rahmanwho in 2016 was proclaimed elected the best player in asia. The injuries have been the ordeal of Abdulrahman in recent years, but will return to form a partnership with Ali Mabkhout31 years old, who has recorded 81 goals with the selection.
Mabkhout he was the author of the goal that gave the Emirates victory 1-0 when the teams met in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup 2019leaving out one Australia who was the defending champion. “I think they are two very even teams, taking into account the close matches of recent years and for finishing third in our respective groups. Will be 180 minutes of a world It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around often. We are masters of our destiny,” she commented.
Arab Emirates: Eise; Hussain, Al Hammadi, Al-Ahbabi, Abbas; Hassan, Ramadan, Abdulrahman; Canedo, Mabkhout, Al-Maazmi. DT: Rodolfo Arraubarrena
Australia: Matt Ryan; Karacic, Rowles, Wright, Davidson; Dougall, Mooy; Mabil, McGree, Hrustic; MacLaren. DT: Graham Arnold
Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
Stadium: Al Rayyan Stadium
Hour: 21:00 local time / 18:00 GMT
15:00 Argentina and Uruguay
14:00 Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela
13:00 Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, Mexico
TV: ESPN 2 and Star+