Australia failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar later this year and are now forced to face two surprise battles following Thursday night’s 2-0 defeat to Japan.
For Australian football on a spectacular night – perfectly matched by the rain in a stadium in Australia – Socrates played well and excelled in the Samurai Blue, although the visitors finally (and deservedly) took minutes to break the deadlock.
Japan’s Kaoro Mitoma doubled Japan’s place in the semi-finals to secure a seventh straight World Cup title, placing Australia third in Asia.
Although the Australians were in contention for a goal in the first half, the Japanese goalkeeper was sent off for a minor foul on a corner, but Japan could not find the back of the net – especially if Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino converted. Dark opportunities instead of hitting the post twice.
The final game against top-flight Saudi Arabia on Wednesday morning is now a dead end, with Socceroos having to pick up the pieces of a brilliant start to his campaign that has failed in recent months.
The defeat extends their 13-match unbeaten run to Japan to nine games, and the ‘live’ World Cup qualifier on the field (where the result is crucial for Australia’s qualification) is more than four decades away.
Socrates’ surprise death in June against Asia’s third-placed team – the United Arab Emirates – could see the winner advance to the final against South American fifth-placed Uruguay.
According to Thursday’s performance, the run-up to the fifth straight World Cup final is on very thin ice.
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On a rainy night at the former Akor Stadium, formerly known as the Stadium Australia, 41,852 exposed pitches and complete dementia were exposed from time to time.
A.D. Graham Arnold needed three goals as Millo Jedinak scored three goals to advance to the 2018 World Cup in Honduras with a stunning free-kick by John Alysi in Uruguay at the 2006 World Cup. To do something special. Instead, the second string Socceroos performed an entirely memorable performance.
“I think we fought hard tonight,” said coach Graham Arnold. I think we left everything there ጥራት At the end of the day the quality of Japan (made us).
Much of the game’s construction has focused on Australia’s poor preparation, with serious injuries and forced Covide-19 absences. Arnold himself was involved in the construction of the chaos by violating the Copyright-19 stigma and was fined $ 25k in the process.
The rest of the list – 12 camps missed, two players unfit for the game – forced Arnold to make radical decisions. Very little paid dividends.
Jamie McLaren, the team’s permanent goal scorer, got just a few minutes from the bench. Instead, Arnold Mitch Duke – who has not scored in nine games for the Japanese second division club – chose to lead the line.
In the hope that the ball would bounce off his head, the ball moved wide of his mind after a long ball.
Due to the shortcomings of the likes of Tom Rojik, Aaron Mui and Jackson Irvin, Soccerros’ manager managed to replace Ajdin Harurst – Australia’s only permanent European top five leagues – with a second-place striker.
And with each of the three midfielders mentioned above losing more than 40 experience games, Arnold has chosen the first and only young international to play in the midfield.
That does not mean that the inexperienced players Gianni Stance and Connor Metcalfe are not good enough for Soccerios, but that the only match against the technically gifted and advanced Japanese team was a fiery baptism. And both were rocked by constant pressure from visitors, 15 minutes after Metcaff was shown a yellow card before meeting the top James Jeggo before the break.
In addition to Jego’s introduction, Arnold’s replacements were not equally effective. McLaler arrived late. Bruno Fornaroli – Australia’s 34-year-old first-team scorer – was thrown 20 minutes into the match and was forced to pursue his long-range goals. He was the third person in Ben Folami, who just had enough time to see the start of the Japanese festival in the park.
For all those who were not present and for the inexperienced Australian line-up, the real cause of the humiliation was a complete tactical and structural failure.
Socceroos were inconsistent and uncoordinated in their front-to-back structures, defensively driven, and ineffective.
After the game, Arnold said: “I don’t want to make excuses. At the end of the day, I will be responsible for the results. “
However, that statement was compounded by two points: the players were lost and his lineup was inexperienced; And because of Covidy-19, “two years was very difficult.”
Earlier in the campaign, they won 11 consecutive World Cup qualifiers and have won just one of their last six matches – beating Vietnam 4-0.
Arnold’s future – like that of the Socceroos at the World Cup – is now in the dark.
As it happened
Japan did not take long to control the game.
Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino, who had an early warning in the first half, turned the shot on and found Ryan’s chest. It was the first of five chances for Minamino in the first half, and he hit the ball twice and the ball bounced off the post.
Japan seemed to be more comfortable with the ball in the early stages, as Australia was unable to get behind the pressure in the middle.
The inexperienced Australian midfield easily lost the ball in the middle of the park. In the 15th minute, Metcafe slammed the ball into the halfway line and the rugby player was exhausted and received a yellow card.
The Soccers struggled to keep pace with the Japanese forwards.
Ryan was forced to make a superb save in the 18th minute from a post from Uto Nagatomo, but another fine pass from the left side of the box sent Nagatomo low cross-footing and Ryan dived into Paris.
In the 22nd minute, Asano played from the back of the net and played another one on the end of the game, while Ryan saved another diving. As Asano ran into the box, he tried to turn around Ryan, who was in a hurry, but the glove got the job done and the ball bounced off him. The line is considered to be out of line and the game is interrupted, although repetitions indicate that the player has left.
However, despite the visitors’ first-half lead, the referee, who appeared to have opened the scoring in the 25th minute, scored the controversial goal.
A corner kick by Ajdin Harustic in the back post was deflected by Japanese Mickey Yane in the back row. However, the unmarked Japanese goalkeeper was ruled out for a foul on Trent Sciencebury.
Cinsbury told Channel 10 after the game: “I think he should have been given a goal. The guard was beating him. But you know, that is football, sometimes it goes to you, sometimes it goes to you. ”
Arnold said, “I never saw him … maybe 50-50, he could have walked our way. At the end of the day, we do not seem to have made the most of this decision.
A few minutes after the Australian goal, the ball bounced off the Minamino in the Australian box and twisted and bounced off the post.
Connor Metcalfe’s long-range shot Mich Duke was close to scoring at the end of another rare counter-attack, but Australia’s shot was far from over.
Six minutes later, Junia Eto’o finally found the back of the net and Matt Ryan tried to head home the ball – but only in woodworking. In the same way, Minamino hit the post twice with his head and went into the woodwork, before the fifth shot – another header – into Ryan’s hands.
Mitch Duke scored the second goal of the game, despite an undisclosed free-kick and a superb free-kick from Ajdin Harusty.
Metcalfe was busy for half an hour, assisting veteran Jimmy Jegon in the middle of the field. But if he reduced the Japanese aggression, he would not do anything to set Australia on fire.
Australia, however, got their first two chances in the second half through Ajdin Hrust. He first saved a long-range free-kick from the edge of the box by Japan’s gloves. A minute later, a long ball bounced off the path and into the hurricane, twisting and turning.
It took Japan a good quarter of an hour to get back to normal, with Minamino scoring their first real chance of the game in the middle of the penalty area.
As the second half drew to a close, there was a good chance the teams would continue to play. He got off the bench in the 83rd minute.
But Japan still had a great chance – in the 80th minute, Daving Trent Sciencebury returned the ball to Japan in the 80th minute when the ball bounced off Minimino’s close range.
Then, finally, Australia was reversed – not once but twice as fast.
Mitoma, 24, was on the field for about ten minutes and in the 89th minute fired the ball into the back of the net.
At half-time, Mitoma cut in two from the left wing, defeating four regular Soccerros defenders and passing the ball to Australian glove Matt Ryan.
When the last whistle blew, he was almost merciful.
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