Australia’s next generation of Socceroos have qualified for the 2015 Under 17 World Cup in Chile, with a 2-1 victory over Malaysia in the quarter-finals of the Asian confederation qualifying tournament in Thailand.
The Joeys will now head into the semi-finals, where they will play DPR Korea which beat Iran 4-2 in a penalty shooutout after a 0-0 draw, for a place in the final.
The four semi-finalists from the region automatically go through to the 2015 World Cup which is then played in the under 17 age group.
The Joeys did things the hard way, when despite a glut of possession they fell behind in the 31st minute of the match when Malaysia midfielder Raj Mohana unleashed a long-range bullet to beat `keeper Duro Dragicevic.
Fortunately for Australia the wait for an equaliser was short-lived, Cameron Joice netting from close range after being played in by a beautiful cross from Jamie Dimitroff.
The game continued at a frenetic pace, Malaysia unlucky not to regain the lead in the 43rd minute when a thunderous strike rattled the crossbar.
Throughout the second half, the Joeys once again had the better of possession, but struggled to break down the Malaysia defence, until the 76th minute when Daniel Maskin struck.
Congratulations to FIA’s Christian Verbi on the accomplishment.