Young Socceroos seal Under-20 World Cup spot after Gameiro hat-trick

Paul Okon's side cruised past Jordan in the quarter-finals of the AFC Under-19 Championship, claiming a place in next year's tournament as well as a semi-final spot Indonesia   By SPORTAL

A Corey Gameiro hat-trick has led the Young Socceroos to a 3-0 win over Jordan in the quarter-finals of the AFC Under-19 Championship, sealing qualification for next year's World Cup.

Australia have relied on the Fulham striker, who is on loan at FC Eindhoven, throughout the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

Gameiro produced again on Sunday [Monday morning AEDT] and he opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 10th minute after Newcastle Jets attacker Adam Taggart was brought down.

Jordan goalkeeper Nourideen Bani Attiah guessed the right way but was unable to keep out the spot-kick.

Gameiro produced a fine finish for his second in the 55th minute, bringing a long pass down with his chest before firing a low strike into the bottom corner.

Substitute Mustafa Amini came on to set up the third, sliding a pass through an open Jordan defence to Gameiro, who finished coolly to make it 3-0 seven minutes before full-time.

Gameiro, who has scored all six of Australia's goals at the tournament, went close to grabbing a fourth for Paul Okon's men, who comfortably saw out the win to advance to the last four.

The win guaranteed Australia's place at the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will be held in Turkey.

The Young Socceroos will face Iraq in the semi-finals on Wednesday [Thursday morning AEDT] after they overcame Japan 2-1 in their last-eight clash.

In the other semi-final, South Korea meet Uzbekistan.

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