Australia advanced to the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ with a 4-0 victory over Indonesia.
Jackson Irvine’s deflected effort and a diving header from Martin Boyle contributed to the Socceroos’ win at Jassim bin Hamid Stadium.
Graham Arnold’s team is set to face either Saudi Arabia or Korea Republic in the quarter-finals next Friday, aiming to secure a spot in the semi-finals as they pursue a second AFC Asian Cup title after winning on home soil in 2015.
In the 12th minute, Australia seized the lead as Irvine’s shot, which went off Elkan Baggott, found the back of the net. Their advantage was doubled in the final minute of the half when Boyle directed himself at Gethin Jones’ cross from the right.
Craig Goodwin delivered the third with a well-struck volley a minute from time, and just over two minutes later, Harry Souttar headed in Australia’s fourth.
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Boyle’s goal provided the Australians with the necessary cushion to overcome an opponent that, despite the FIFA rankings gap, showed little signs of being overawed. Shin Tae-yong’s side is rated 121 places behind the Socceroos but displayed resilience on the field.
In the sixth minute, Team Garuda had an opportunity when Rafael Struick aimed a first-time shot from close range over the bar. This chance followed a period of possession, culminating in Justin Hubner delivering a cross from the left.
Unfortunately, in the 12th minute, Team Garuda fell behind after Jackson Irvine’s penetration into the penalty area. Irvine shrugged off Shayne Pattynama’s challenge and took a shot that deflected off Baggott, beating Ernando Ari at his near post.
Six minutes before the break, Justin Hubner provided a cross from the right to Marselino Ferdinan. Ferdinan’s cross arced towards the far side of the penalty area, but Yakob Sayuri smashed his first-time volley wide.
In the 45th minute, the Socceroos dealt a blow to Indonesia’s hopes. Gethin Jones delivered a low cross from the right that bounced inside the six-yard box, and Martin Boyle threw himself forward headfirst to power the ball in.
Indonesia continued to press in an attempt to give their determined fans hope, but the result was sealed a minute from time. Craig Goodwin volleyed in after Ernando parried his save of Jackson Irvine’s header into the substitute’s path.
Craig Goodwin turned provider two minutes later, setting up Harry Souttar to glance his close-range header home.