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Socceroos Going to South Africa!


PIM Verbeek has guided the Socceroos to their second consecutive World Cup Finals despite their game against Qatar ending in a 0-0 draw.

They join Japan who earlier defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in Tashkent who became the first team to qualify for South Africa, 2010.

Qatar fielded a young team and proved to be a more formidable opponent than during their previous three meetings but the Socceroos could have made it 1-0 when Tim Cahill hit the post with a spectacular bicycle kick just before the half hour mark.

Both sides made a tentative start in front of a small but vocal crowd, with the Socceroos content to keep possession in the hot and humid conditions.

Qatar’s star striker Sebastian Soria Quintana had the first shot of the game blocked in the ninth minute while defender Bilal Mohammed had his headed attempt save by Mark Schwarzer on the ensuing corner.

Harry Kewell created Australia’s first opportunity minutes later when his cross found Josh Kennedy but the big striker could not get enough power on his header.

Kennedy flicked on a Mark Bresciano free kick with his head, before Cahill found himself in space, controlled with his chest and drilled a bicycle kick into the right upright. Kewell started to prove more of a menace after switching to the right side, going close to scoring himself before creating another move which led to Vince Grella firing a volley just over the bar in the 33rd minute.

Watch the full match highlights from the Socceroos v Qatar below:

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Published on June 7, 2009

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