Socceroos one win away from Asian Cup silverware

SOCCEROOS coach Ange Postecoglou has told his players to embrace the moment after leading his team to a second straight Asian Cup final.

The host nation eased through to Saturday's decider after a comfortable 2-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates In Newcastle last night.

Goals from defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson inside the first 14 minutes proved decisive to set up a final with South Korea in Sydney and Postecoglou wanted his players to soak it all in.

"I want them to enjoy the week (leading up to the final), you need to embrace it, but there's no champagne corks being pushed," the coach said.

The Koreans beat the Socceroos 1-0 in the group stage of the tournament but Postecoglou said his team were in good enough form to reverse that result in the final.

"They are a good side, we are the two best teams," he said.

"We have a chance to win a trophy now ... I just think we have been very good the whole tournament.
"The players have got real belief now and hopefully they are getting the reward."

- PHIL DILLON

Socceroos have chance to create history

SOCCEROOS left winger Robbie Kruse believes his team has a chance to create history in Saturday night's Asian Cup final against South Korea at Stadium Australia.

The men in green and gold will be shooting for their first piece of major silverware outside of Oceania, after disposing of the UAE 2-0 in the second semi-final at Newcastle Stadium.

It wasn't last week's quarter-final hero Tim Cahill that scored the goals for the Socceroos this time, although the legend of Australian football was involved in both.

The goals went to defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson, who both netted for the first time at international level.

Sainsbury's came in just the third minute, sneaking behind a heavily marked Cahill to head the ball home from a corner.

Australia's dominant opening period continued when left back Davidson put one into the right-hand corner of the net in the 14th minute, following a nice cross from Ivan Franjic.

Both Sainsbury and Davidson were also outstanding in defence in what was the Socceroos' first game in Newcastle in 20 years, played in front of a partisan crowd of just over 21,000.

Despite losing to South Korea 1-0 in their final group-stage game with a weakened team, Kruse - who lost in the 2011 Asian Cup final to Japan in Doha - believes his side is ready to create history.

"We didn't play our best football but sometimes semi-finals are like that. You have to grind them out. We now have a chance to create some history on Saturday night," he said.



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