2022 World Cup replenishment: United Arab Emirates and Australia in a race against Peru

2022 World Cup replenishment: United Arab Emirates and Australia in a race against Peru

“Al-Abyad” dreams of qualifying for the second time … and experience supports the “kangaroo”

The UAE and Australia will compete in Doha today (Tuesday) for the fifth map of the Asian continent in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
In the air-conditioned Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, the UAE dreams of following the World Cup dream it tasted like when it was orphaned in 1990. If Australia skips it, Peru will face South America’s fifth in the same stadium next Monday.
With Wales taking the final European seats on Sunday by beating Ukraine 1-0 in Cardiff, two cards remain, the first between Peru and the winner from Australia and the United Arab Emirates, and the champion joins the group of defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia at the World Cup.
And the second, Tuesday, June 14 (June 14), between New Zealand, the champions of Oceania, and Costa Rica, also the fourth CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean) at the Ahmed Ben Ali Stadium.
The UAE and Australia qualified for the Asian play-off after finishing third in their group in the decisive third round of Asian qualifiers. The UAE was third in Group A with 12 points from 10 matches, behind Iran (25) and South Korea (23) and Australia in the same place in second (15), behind Saudi Arabia (23) and Japan (22) .
Today’s match will be the fifth official match between the two teams, with Australia winning three, compared to a victory for the UAE (1-0) in the last meeting that brought them together in the quarter-finals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi .
Australia, ranked 42nd in the world, has participated in the World Cup five times, the first in 1974 and the last four editions, reaching the second round only once in 2006. great levels in the qualifiers, the win over South Korea 1 – nil In the final round of the third round it can be considered as a reference for what her style will be against Australia. The victory over South Korea was the UAE’s first in the history of their official clashes with their rival, thanks to Argentine coach Rodolfo Arruabarina’s tight defense and rebounds from the lone goal from quick young player Harib Abdullah.
Although he took over the leadership of the Emirates in February as a replacement for Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, Arruabarina (46 years old) knows the players of the UAE well, having previously played the Al Wasl clubs (2016 – 2018) and Shabab Al Ahli ( 2018) led. – 2020).
Arruabarrena relied on youth and experience in selecting his squad for the game against Australia. While Hareb Abdullah (20 years old) and Ali Saleh (22 years old) are among his interests, at the same time he cannot care less about veterans like Cayo Canedo (32 years old), Ali Mabkhout (31 years old) and defender Walid Abbas (36 years old).
Arrobarina also returned playmaker Omar Abdel Rahman “Amouri” to wear the “white” shirt after an absence since November 2018 due to the injuries that haunted him.
The Argentine coach reassured Ammouri’s readiness after engaging him throughout the second half of the last friendly against The Gambia (1-1).
The UAE’s most talented player in recent years said: “Going back to wearing the Emirates shirt makes me happy and I’m ready to play the game in Australia according to the coach’s vision and how long he wants me to participate in it.”
Asia’s best player in 2016 added: “We promise to give the fans everything we have to surpass the Australian national team, and there is no doubt that it is a difficult task, but it is not impossible.”
For his part, Dutchman Royal Comans, who worked as an assistant to his compatriot Van Marwijk when he led Australia and then the Emirates, said Amouri’s return would be helpful, “he can make a difference, and although he doesn’t have many matches played in the past period he still has a special touch and his left foot is good. Extreme”.
While the UAE entered the playoffs once in the 2002 qualifiers, losing to Iran both back and forth (0 – 3), Australia became an expert at it after fighting 6 previous times, the last of which was in the qualifiers of 2018 and defeated Syria in the Asian play-off (1 – 1 and 2 – 1 after extra time) and then the international against Honduras (0 – nil and 3 – 1).
“It’s a different challenge for us. We used to play at home and away (home and away) in play-offs, now it’s just one game, but I think we’ll get the job done,” said Australian coach Graham Arnold. . FIFA.com.
He expected the Emirates to counterattack, but we’ll be ready for that.
Australia got off to a strong start in Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup when it took 11 wins in a row from September 10, 2019 against Kuwait (3-0) to October 7, 2021 against Oman (3-1), which is the highest percentage for a team ever during the One World Cup qualifying tour.
But since her perfect run was interrupted against Japan 1-2 in the third Asian round, she has suffered a lot and won just one win in the last 6 matches over Vietnam 4-0, which qualified her for the World Cup for the fifth time in a row in doubt. Jordan’s latest 2-1 win over Doha in a pre-Emirates meeting was Australia’s first official and friendly since January 27 (January 27), so Arnold was happy and cautious at the same time. Australia’s problems mounted after its star midfielder Tom Rogic announced his withdrawal from the squad before meeting the Emirates for special reasons.
Rogic (29) was named the best Australian player of the year according to the level he performed with his Scottish team Celtic.
Jordan’s friendly match demonstrated Arnold’s new approach after bringing in new players, some of whom are back on the squad after a long absence.
At goalkeeper there is no discussion of Matthew Ryan (Real Sociedad, Spain), the international since 2012, and the defense has been bolstered by Bailey Wright after his brilliance with Sunderland and Jason Davidson (Melbourne Victory), and the middle Aaron Moi (Shanghai Port of China), which was needed more after Rogic’s apology.