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Key Events

90' + 7'
J. Irvine
Yellow Card
88'
Saif Rashid Nasir
Ismaeel Al Hamadi
80'
A. Nabbout
A. Giannou
78'
Walid Abbas
Yellow Card
73'
A. Mabil
R. Kruse
68'
Ali Ahmed Mabkhout
Goal
61'
Ismaeel Al Hamadi
Yellow Card
60'
M. Leckie
J. MacLaren
52'
Mohamed Abdulrahman
Ismaeil Matar
Kick Off
44'
R. Kruse
Yellow Card
18'
Khalifa Alhammadi
Mohamed Ahmad
Kick Off
3
2
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
4
14
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 2
Total Passes 293 494

Commentary

FULL TIME - Incredible scenes in Al Ain with the host nation UAE winning through to the AFC Asian Cup semi finals!  A scintilating contest that had just about everything - it was elation to heartache for the Socceroos who had a goal to Giannou disallowed before, just moments later, a backpass from Degenek went horribly wrong and gifted the goal to Ali Mabkhout that ultimately turned out to be the winner.  History made at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.  At full time: United Arab Emirates 1 Australia 0.
90' + 12' CHANCE!  With what must be the very last play of the match, Mat Ryan comes to half way and sends play long to the edge of the area - the ball falls for Grant who unleashes a volley toward goal but it is not to be with the ball flashing past the far post.
90' + 10' We have had stoppages aplenty in injury time and we cross the 100 minute mark - there can only be seconds left with all eyes on referee Sato!
90' + 10' CHANCE!  It's just a matter of inches!  Sainsbury launches himself at the high ball in the goal mouth but Khalid Eisa, just as desperate, manages to get in a crucial spoil and thump the ball away to safety.  Was that Australia's last chance?
90' + 8' Incredible scenes as a groggy looking Juma, flat out on the turf just moments ago, turns down pleas from the medical staff and forces his way back onto the field of the play for the desperate final minutes.
J. Irvine
Yellow Card
Australia
90' + 7' YELLOW CARD AUSTRALIA - Tempers flaring up as Irvine gets involved in a tangle and is handed a yellow card.
90' + 6' Play restarts with a long ball to the far post creating a half chance for Leckie - he swings a boot at it but he has lashed his volley attempt well wide of the target.
90' + 4' Leckie has his head bandaged up after sustaining a cut in that heavy clash with Juma who looked to be out cold before he hit the ground.  The UAE defender is stretchered from the field and so the home side will play out the final minutes with just 10 men on the field!
90' + 2' We have a lengthy delay here after a nasty head clash between Leckie and Juma leaves both players flat out on the turf inside the UAE penalty area.
90' The fourth official indicates that there will be four minutes of additional time played in this second half.
90' The atmosphere is electric in Al Ain as the home crowd urge on the UAE with the 90 minutes almost up and a semi-final berth against Qatar well within their grasp.
Saif Rashid Nasir
Ismaeel Al Hamadi
UAE
88' SUBSTITUTION UAE - A final change for the UAE with Al Hamadi stretchered from the field - it will be Saif Rashid Nasir to come on for the crucial dying minutes of this quarter final!
87' Mabil steps up but he blasts the free kick straight into the UAE wall - the Socceroos will have another crack however with the ball taking a deflection over the goal line for a corner.
86' Mark Milligan is dumped to the turf in a collision with Ali Hassan Salmin and Australia have a free kick in a dangerous position directly in front of goal.
83' Leckie gets to the edge of the area but is caught in two minds about whether to shoot or pass and eventually he coughs up possession - the moment passes for the Socceroos with less than ten minutes left on the clock.
A. Nabbout
A. Giannou
Australia
80' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - Graham Arnold plays his third and final card with Apostolis Giannou replaced by Andrew Nabbout.
79' Andrew Nabbout, fresh onto the field, is played into space by fellow substitute Awer Mabil but Juma does brilliantly to close down the attack and he wins a crucial free kick for the home side.
Walid Abbas
Yellow Card
UAE
78' YELLOW CARD UAE - Mathew Leckie is taken out by Walid Abbas who is handed a yellow card for the challenge.
A. Mabil
R. Kruse
Australia
73' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - It's do-or-die now for the reigning champions with their hopes of defending their title lying in the balance.  Robbie Kruse is replaced by Awer Mabil.
73' The VAR had a good look at the replay with Degenek claiming that he was clipped but the all clear is given and the goal will stand - all to do now for the Socceroos with less than 20 minutes left on the clock.
Ali Ahmed Mabkhout
Goal
UAE
68' GOAL UAE!  The home side go one up!   Degenek attempts to play the ball back to Mat Ryan but it all goes horribly wrong - the pass comes up short and Ali Mabkhout is waiting to pounce.  The striker intercepts the loose ball, rounds the Socceroos' keeper and then rolls the ball into the back of the net to bring the home crowd to its feet.  UAE 1 Australia 0.
67' Chances coming freely now for the Socceroos.  The ball drops for Ikonomidis in front of goal but his left-footed effort flashes wide of the UAE goal.
65' NO GOAL!  Fresh onto the field, Mathew Leckie nods the ball down into the path of Giannou who slides the ball past Khalid Eisa and into the back of the net - celebrations are short lived however with the flag is up for offside.  The Socceroos are unhappy with the call but the replays show Leckie was a step ahead of the second last defender.
63' A brilliant run from Al Hamadi who weaves a path through the Australian defence however, just as he is about to pull the trigger, Rhyan Grant gets in a crucial touch to prevent the shot being made.
Ismaeel Al Hamadi
Yellow Card
UAE
61' Yellow card Ismaeel Salem Ismaeel Saeed Al Hamadi
61' CHANCE!  RIght on the hour mark Irvine gets on the end of the corner, rising above Juma to get away a header at goal but it flashes past the far post.
M. Leckie
J. MacLaren
Australia
60' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - The Socceroos make their first change with Jamie MacLaren to make way for playmaker Mathew Leckie.
58' Kruse makes a run down the left hand side and finds some space - he gets to the byline before attempting to cut inside but is closed down by a wall of white shirts.  Australia have the corner.
54' Mark Milligan directs the free kick to the edge of the area where Robbie Kruse gets away a looping header - it's on target but falls on the goal line where keeper Khalid Eisa is waiting.
Mohamed Abdulrahman
Ismaeil Matar
UAE
52' SUBSTITUTION UAE - After a forced substitution in the first half, the home side swing their first tactical change with skipper Ismaeil Matar replaced by Mohamed Abdulrahman.
52' A well-taken corner isolates Degenek at the near post - the defender nods towards goal leaving Khalid Eisa flat-footed but fortunately for the UAE the ball clatters into the side netting.
50' First chance of the first half to Australia!  Giannou wins the ball just inside the area before swinging onto his left boot - he gets a good piece of it but has blasted his effort straight into a wall of UAE defenders.  The ball takes his hand on the rebound and the home side have a free kick.
48' The back pass to Khalid Eisa comes up short which forces the UAE keeper to leave his area and hack the ball away to the safety of the sideline - throw in to Australia in an attacking position.
47' The pace of the first half was electric - with both of these sides coming off Round of 16 matches that went into extra time, the big question is which of these teams can sustain the tempo.
45' SECOND HALF - With a semi final berth against Qatar on the line, Australia kick off to get the second half underway.
HALF TIME - A chance for everyone in Al Ain to catch their breath after an electrifying first half!  Right from the outset, there was action aplenty at both ends of the field.  Australia dominated possession for the vast majority of the opening 45 minutes but there were excellent opportunties created by both sides.  Let's hope that the quality is just as good in the second half.  At half time:  United Arab Emirates 0 Australia 0.
45' + 1' CHANCE!  A golden opportunity for the UAE to go ahead in injury time!  A deflection finds Mabkhout in prime position with the goal mouth at his mercy but his well-struck header whistles over the crossbar.
45' There will be one minute of additional time played in this first half that has had just about everything!
R. Kruse
Yellow Card
Australia
44' YELLOW CARD AUSTRALIA - Robbie Kruse bustles Ismail Al Hamadi off the ball and over the sideline and becomes the first player in this quarter final to go into the ref's book.
44' CHANCE!  Maclaren attempts a spectacular bicycle kick that floats tantalisingly towards the open goal but eventually the ball lands beyond the far post.
42' CHANCE!  Giannou with just the keeper ahead fires on goal off the left boot from the angle - the ball is destined for the top right corner however Khalid Eisa Bilal reaches high to parry the ball to safety.
39' Both of these sides have struggled to click into gear so far in the tournament but have left their best for this quarter-final - it's been a cracking contest in this first half with action all over the park.
38' Terrific interplay down the left from the UAE creates an opportunity for Abbas who runs onto the ball in a dangerous position - he sends in the cross but Sainsbury is in excellent position to clear the ball to safety.
35' Ikonomidis, turning one way and then the other, looks to create some space out on the right hand side however he is being watched like a hawk by Juma who does brilliantly to strip the Socceroos' playmaker of the ball.
34' The VAR has been busy in the first half and wants to have a look at an incident involving Irvine who was rolled over inside the penalty area but after a quick review the all clear is given.
30' Robbie Kruse has looked dangerous in this first half - with an explosive burst he surges inside the penalty area where the loose ball drops creating a half chance for Maclaren but the moment passes.  Referee Sato waves away penalty claims from Australia.
28' Rhyan Grant floats the cross from the right to the hot spot right in front of goal where Maclaren gets a good piece of it but his header is hacked off the line by the UAE defence.
25' Ikonomidis with a couple of deft touches finds some space inside the penalty area to fire off his left boot however Walid Abbas has made excellent ground to effect the block.
23' Degenek spots a half chance with Khalid Eisa Bilal off his line but his ambitious long range effort is well covered by the UAE keeper and lands out to the left hand side.
20' CHANCE!  Huge space out wide for the pacy Al Hamadi who surges inside the box before cutting inside Sainsbury - he has time to pick his spot but blasts his shot straight at Mat Ryan who stands his ground to make the save.  Best chance of the quarter final so far!
Khalifa Alhammadi
Mohamed Ahmad
UAE
18' SUBSTITUTION UAE - An early forced change for the UAE with Gharib stretchered from the field - he will be replaced by Juma Khalifa Alhammadi.
17' Delightful skill from Bandar Mohammed who sends a very dangerous cross right to the goal mouth - Mabkhout launches himself at the ball but can't quite make contact.
15' Jackson Irvine gets on the end of the corner from the right hand side - some loose marking gives the midfielder a free swing at the ball but he has blasted the volley high and wide.
14' Aziz Behich sends play to the far post looking for the run of Milos Degenek however the ball clears the defender's head and runs away harmlessly to the far side.
11' Chris Ikonomidis shoulder to shoulder with Walid Abbas Murad deep inside the penalty area wins a corner for the Socceroos.
9' Ali Hassan Salmin comes off second best in a clash with Jamie Maclaren in midfield - he eventually gets to his feet and looks set to continue.
7' Ali Ahmed Mabkhout is the target at the top of the area however he is surrounded by gold shirts and is stripped of the ball.
6' The tempo in the early minutes has been frantic with the ball, aided by a fast pitch, zipping from one end of the field to the other!
5' Trent Sainsbury leaps high inside the box!  The swinging corner gives the Australian defender a free jump at the far post however he can't keep his header down and the ball whistles over the crossbar.
3' Some nice movement up forward for the Socceroos with Apostolos Giannou looking to link up with his attacking partner however the ball slides past Jamie MacLaren.
1' An early chance for UAE!  With some dazzling footwork, Ismail Al Hamadi cuts inside and pulls the trigger from the angle - his shot is on target but takes a deflection off the Australian defender and the home side have an early corner.
1' FIRST HALF - The UAE kick off and we are underway in Al Ain!
The formalities are complete and we are just moments away from kick off in the final quarter-final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup!
TEAMS: AUSTRALIA (4-2-2-2)  STARTING XI - Mat Ryan (GK); Rhyan Grant, Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Aziz Behich; Jackson Irvine, Mark Milligan; Robbie Kruse, Chris Ikonimidis; Apostolos Giannou, Jamie MacLaren.  SUBS - Mitchell Langerak (GK), Danny Vukovic (GK), Alex Gersbach, Matthew Jurman, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Andrew Nabbout, James Jeggo, Awer Mabil, Mustafa Amini, Josh Risdon.
TEAMS: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (4-2-3-1)  STARTING XI – Khalid Eisa Bilal (GK); Mohamed Gharib, Ismail Ahmed, Walid Abbas Murad, Fares Juma Al Saadi; Majed Hassan Ahmad, Ali Hassan Salmin; Ismail Al Hamadi, Bandar Mohammed, Ismaeil Matar; Ali Ahmed Mabkhout.  SUBS - Saif Rashid, Mohammed Abdulrahman, Ali Khaseif Humaid (GK), Mohamed Al Shamsi (GK), Alhasan Saleh Easa, Ahmed Khalil, Mohamed Khalfan, Khaflan Mubarak, Amer Abdulrahman, Khalifa Mubarak.
The team sheets are in so let's have a look at how the two sides will line up for this do-or-die clash.
On the other side of the ledger, Australia are also yet to hit top gear.  After suffering a first up shock loss to Jordan, the Socceroos recovered to finish second in Group B.  They couldn't find a winner through 120 minutes against Uzbekistan and find themselves in the quarter finals only thanks to some Mat Ryan heroics in the penalty shootout.  Australia will need to step up a gear in front of a parochial UAE crowd if they are to keep alive hopes of defending their title.
The road to the quarter finals has not been an easy one for the host nation.  With just a win and two draws in the group stages, the UAE narrowly finished at the top of Group A.  They then had to battle deep into their Round of 16 clash against Kyrgyzstan advancing only on the back of a penalty in extra time.  But, with a semi-final spot on the line and the home crowd behind them, expect the Whites to be at their very best.
Welcome to Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium where the AFC Asian Cup quarter finals concludes with a massive clash between the host nation, the United Arab Emirates, and the reigning champions Australia.
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