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A. Nabbout
Yellow Card
87'
R. McGree
M. Boyle
87'
K. Dougall
A. Hrustić
62'
Ali Al-Bulaihi
Yellow Card
57'
Abdulelah Al-Amri
Yellow Card

Match Stats

Possession
50% 49%
5
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 3
Total Passes 407 415
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Saudi Arabia KSA Saudi Arabia 6 5 1 0 9 3 +6 16 W D W W W
2 Japan JPN Japan 6 4 0 2 5 3 +2 12 W W W L W
3 Australia AUS Australia 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11 D D L W W
4 Oman OMA Oman 6 2 1 3 6 7 -1 7 L D W L L
5 China PR CHN China PR 6 1 2 3 7 11 -4 5 D D L W L
6 Vietnam VIE Vietnam 6 0 0 6 4 12 -8 0 L L L L L

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Commentary

FULL TIME: AUSTRALIA 0 SAUDI ARABIA 0 - The full time whistle sounds and in a rain soaked game, we finish up with the teams all tied up at 0-0. The Socceroos dominated the bulk of the second half, with many opportunities unable to find the back of the net. Saudi Arabia came hard at the Socceroos as Ryan stepped up and was the hero of the night for Australia. 
90' + 2' Nabbout takes a shot on goal from the edge of the box, but it is dragged wide of the mark.
90' We have three minutes of stoppage time to play.
A. Nabbout
Yellow Card
89' YELLOW CARD AUSTRALIA - Nabbout goes into the referee's book for time wasting.
K. Dougall
A. Hrustić
87' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - Fifth and final change for the Socceroos as Hrustić is exchanged with Dougall.
R. McGree
M. Boyle
87' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - The Socceroos make their last window of changes as Boyle comes off to be replaced by McGree.
85' Al-Dawsari tries his luck from the top of the box as Ryan punches it away as the Socceroos look to reload.
84' Al-Faraj with the cross into the box as Al-Shehri with a glancing header, going just wide of the box.
83' Duke sends it up into the box, but there is nobody home for the Socceroos, as Al Yami is able to comfortably take the ball.
81' Al-Dawsari has it inside the box as he takes a shot on goal and Ryan is calm, cool and collected as he makes the save.
A. Nabbout
M. Leckie
78' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - Leckie has run out of juice with Nabbout ready to run onto the ground to try and make a difference.
M. Degenek
H. Souttar
78' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - Souttar has come off the ground with an injury as Degenek is the man to replace him.
77' The stretcher has come out for Souttar, who appears to have injured his leg.
75' Al-Faraj with a left footed shot on goal and it is saved by Ryan as the Socceroos breathe a sigh of relief.
Saleh Al-Shehri
Firas Al Brikan
73' SUBSTITUTION SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi Arabia make their first change of the night as Al-Birakan as Al-Shehri replaces him.
71' Both teams will be looking at the bench for some fresh legs, as the heavy ground will start to have an impact on players.
69' The game continues to be played inside the Socceroos attacking half.
M. Duke
A. Mabil
67' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - The Socceroos make their first change of the night as Mabil makes way for Duke, who is very familiar with the ground, being a local.
66' Mabil with a shot on goal as Al Yami with a poor parry, forcing the Saudi defence to work over time and in the end they concede a corner.
64' The Socceroos just can't seem to find a way into the back of the net.
Ali Al-Bulaihi
Yellow Card
62' YELLOW CARD SAUDI ARABIA - Hadi Al-Bulaihi with a clumsy tackle on Boyle and the referee instantly awards the resulting yellow card.
59' Leckie is by himself inside the box as he shoots it from left to right and Al Yami just gets a hand to the ball and pushes it away.
58' Leckie was a touch late on Almalki as the Saudi team insist a yellow card should be issued. There is nothing forthcoming from the referee.
Abdulelah Al-Amri
Yellow Card
56' YELLOW CARD SAUDI ARABIA - Leckie looks to streak through the middle of the gorund, but Alamri plays it up too much, costing himself a yellow card.
54' It has been all Australia in this second half. They need to make it count for something by scoring a goal.
52' Souttar with a great ball to across the face of goal as Al Yami looks beaten, but he should consider himself lucky he didn't knock it into the back of the net himself.
50' Boyle needs to be careful as he clashes with Almalki. There was very little in it, as Almalki plays for the free kick.
48' The Socceroos pick up where they left off in the first half.
46' SECOND HALF - The Socceroos kick off to get us back under way for the second half.
HALF TIME: AUSTRALIA 0 SAUDI ARABIA 0 - After a tightly fought out first half we go into the half time break with the scores all tied up at 0-0. The Socceroos had some chances, but the Saudi Arabia defence have been playing well. We are set up for a huge second half.
45' We have one minute of additional time to play in the first half.
45' Boyle is unable to take the cross from Grant, but it is not all bad for Australia, as they win a corner kick.
43' Irvine is as able to get away as he crosses it into the box for Boyle, but it is about a metre or two away, as Boyle attempts to slide into it.
41' With a guaranteed spot on the line in the World Cup, a win tonight is a must for the Socceroos, to keep them inside the top two and to be able to auto qualify.
39' The Socceroos are starting to show some frustration, as they are unable to find a way through.
37' The Saudi defence are on song tonight, being able to thwart every attacking opportunity from the Socceroos.
35' Mabil takes a long range shot on goal and it is wide of the mark.
33' The game is now being played in the middle of the ground, with neither team really having an upper hand.
31' As fatigue starts to set in, it will be interesting to see which team will let their guard down.
29' Boyle crosses it to Hrustic at the top of the box, as he kicks it on the volley and is unable to find the target.
28' Almalki and Irvine have a bit of a few words to say to each other, as tempers start to boil over.
26' The Socceroos are starting to get on top, as they are spending a lot of time inside their attacking half.
24' Souttar gets a piece of the ball from the near post, after a throw in, but the Saudi defence are able to clear it away.
22' The heavy rain is starting to impact the flow of the ball, as it is starting to become very slippery and unpredictable around the ground.
20' Behich crosses into the box towards Leckie, but it is cleared away by Alamri, as he is happy to concede the throw in.
18' Australia have had a couple of promising plays into attack, but have been unable to capatalise.
16' Al Yami with a risky pass across goal within reach of Leckie. Lucky for Al Yami, it has come off.
14' The rain is getting even more heavier, which makes you think that the first goal of the match will be even more important than usual.
12' The Socceroos defence are on song tonight, as they have already been a couple of heart in mouth moments.
10' Al-Dawsari with a one man show as he manages to keep the ball in play, as he crosses it into the box, but there is nobody home for Saudi Arabia.
8' Jeggo is penalised with a late tackle on Al-Birakan, in the defensive half for Saudi Arabia.
6' The offside flag is shown, as Sainsbury gives a through ball, with Leckie in chase, but he had his timing all wrong.
4' The Socceroos need to be careful here. A win is a must tonight, or they risk falling back in the pack.
2' It has been a frenetic start to the game, with Saudi Arabia looking to get on the board early, in the streaming rain.
1' FIRST HALF - Saudi Arabia kick off and we are under way for the first half.
SAUDI ARABIA  SUBSTITUTIONS: Zaid Al-Bawardi (GK), Nawar Alaqidi (GK), Ziyad Al Sahafi, Ahmed Sharahili, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Saleh Al-Shehri, Saud Abdulhamid, Ali Al Asmari, Ali Al-Hassan, Salim Al-Najei, Abdulrahman Ghareeb and Abdulrahman Alobud.
SAUDI ARABIA (4-2-3-1)  STARTING XI - Mohammed Al Yami (GK); Sultan Al-Ghannam, Ali Hadi Albulayhi, Abdulelah Amari, Mohammed Kanno; Salman Al-Faraj (c), Abudulelah Almalki, Salem Al Dawsari, Nasser Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al Muwallad; Feras Al-Birakan. 
AUSTRALIA  SUBSTITUTIONS: Lawrence Thomas (GK), Milos Degenek, Callum Elder, Fran Karacic, Jamie Maclaren, Denis Genreau, Kenneth Dougall, Mitch Duke, Andrew Nabbout, Danny Vukovic, Riley McGree and Gianni Stensness.
AUSTRALIA (4-2-3-1)  STARTING XI - Mat Ryan (GK) (c); Rhyan Grant, Trent Sainsbury, Harry Souttar, Aziz Behich; Jackson Irvine, James Jeggo; Awer Mabil, Ajdin Hrustic, Mathew Leckie; Martin Boyle. 
Saudi Arabia’s Salman Al-Faraj has played 59 passes into the box (including crosses) the second highest of any other players in the men’s Asian World Cup Qualifiers since the beginning of June 2021. Only Australia’s Ajdin Hrustic has more, with 68 passes into the box.
Australia have lost only one of their eight previous men’s internationals against Saudi Arabia with five wins and two drawn games, a 1-0 loss in December 1997. The Socceroos are undefeated in their five meetings since then with four wins and a draw, scoring three goals per game in that five-game stretch.
Welcome to Western Sydney Stadium for the World Cup Qualifier between Australia and Saudi Arabia. Tonight is the Socceroos first home game in front of an audience in two years.