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Asian Cup 2019

Australia beat Uzbekistan on penalties: Asian Cup 2019, last 16

Goalkeeper Matt Ryan was the hero as Australia eventually saw their way into the quarter-finals after a goalless 120 minutes of play.

Australia beat Uzbekistan on penalties: Asian Cup 2019, last 16

Australia vs Uzbekistan live online: latest updates

Australia vs Uzbekistan live online: match preview

Before this game kicks off, we already know half of the teams through to the quarter final of the 2019 Asian Cup. Vietnam, China, Iran and Japan have taken their place, and both Australia and Uzbekistan fans are hoping to join them. The Aussies certainly come into this match favourites with the bookmakers but, as we've seen already, underdogs can have their day in the sun over 90 minutes.

Australia team news

The reigning champions didn't impress in their group stage, making it through behind one of the big surprises of the tournament, Jordan. Manager Graham Arnold knows that he needs a more coherent performance today if they are to avoid a shock in the first knockout round. Positive news came in the form of two returning players to the fold, Mathew Leckie and Josh Risdon, with the Hertha Berlin winger likely to start on the bench but may have a big part to play later in the game. Trent Sainsbury is also back after he missed the final group game through suspension. These returners mean that only Andrew Nabbout is out for the Socceroos as they look to stake their claim as potential winners once again. The man playing his club football in Bonnie Scotland, Celtic's Tom Rogic, will be hoping to make his mark early.

Uzbekistan team news

After impressing in Group F, including a 2-1 win over Oman and then a comfortable 4-0 victory against Turkmenistan, manager Hector Cuper is feeling confident coming into this game. All eyes will be on striker Eldor Shomurodov today, as the Rostov youngster looks to add to his three goals already in the tournament. Cuper has plenty of experience in big games - following his club management at Valencia and Inter Milan - and has had less time to prepare his players for this match than his rivals due to the scheduling. For this reason we expect him to make some changes to keep it fresh, although Javokhir Sidikov and Jaloliddin Masharipov will almost certainly be kept in from the start to provide creativity for their in-form forward.


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