Australia puts pressure on Van Marwijk and Saudi Arabia battle for world cup ticket
Australia has the press in the struggle for a direct world cup ticket Tuesday presented at the Saudi Arabia of coach Bert van Marwijk. The ‘Socceroos’ won in the last groepsduel of the kwalificatiereeks 2-1 of Thailand.
The Australians are therefore second with nineteen points. Saudi Arabia is the number three with sixteen points, and takes the later Tuesday, at 19.30 hours, against the already qualified Japan (twenty points).
On the basis of the goal difference, the team of Van Marwijk against the number one in group B of the Asian world cup qualification with a victory enough for it to be directly for the world cup. With any other result ends the kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as certainly as a third, which is a place in the play-offs means.
In theorië the United Arab Emirates (thirteen points) on goal difference is still third, but that does not seem very likely. The difference with Saudi Arabia is +8 in favor of the formation of Van Marwijk.
Australia arrived in Melbourne after resting in the lead thanks to former Roda JC striker Tomi Juric, who is the Thai goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool passed with a header.
The profit seemed to be the team of national coach Ange Postecoglou to escape when Pokkhao Anan in the 85th minute for a 1-1 made, but four minutes later, decided Matthew Leckie the duel. Goalkeeper Hathairattanakool looked not good.
In group A of the Asian kwalificatiereeks Iran was already sure of a world cup ticket. South Korea, Syria and Uzbekistan will compete there for the second direct plaatsbewijs.