Australia, which is trying to regain the top spot in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup for the first time in 9 years, defeated the ‘ambushed’ Syria and secured its advancement to the round of 16 with two consecutive wins in the group stage .Australia defeated Syria 1-0 in the second match of Group B of the 2023 Asian Cup group stage held at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 18th (Korean time).Australia, who earned 6 points with two consecutive wins, succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 by securing at least second place in the group regardless of the result of the final group match against Uzbekistan scheduled for the 23rd.Syria recorded 1 draw and 1 loss (1 point). Australia, the 2015 Asian Cup champion and 25th in the FIFA rankings, struggled with Syria’s (91st) ‘counterattack after scoring’ tactic and won a bitter victory.
In particular, both teams suffered from a terrible lack of decision-making ability, recording only one effective shot each in the first and second halves. Syria took the first opportunity to score .Syria missed a crucial scoring opportunity in the 5th minute of the first half when Ibrahim Hesar, who penetrated to the right of the penalty area, gave up a pass and Pablo Sabagh shot with his left foot, hitting Australia’s right post.
Australia, who launched a counterattack, was disappointed that Jackson Irvine’s header attempt went well over the crossbar during a free kick situation in the 17th minute of the first half. Syria’s regret was that in the 39th minute of the second half, Amar Ramadan caught the ball pushed by an Australian defender with his head on the left side of the penalty area and attempted a powerful right-footed shot that ended up in the net next to the left goal post. During the first half, Australia had a 71%-29% lead over Syria in ball 카지노사이트킹 possession, but both teams ended up fighting in vain, recording ‘zero effective shots’.