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Australia may reach Semi Finals in Asian Cup

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After a disappointing World Cup 2014, Australia are on the verge of reaching the semifinals of the Asian cup.

They have to beat United Arab Emirates in the quarter-finals with the winner of this tie coming up against Korea Republic in the semifinals.

Australia progressed to the stage of the competition after coming second in the group behind Korea, but manager Ange Postecoglou is confident that the team will be able to achieve success at this year’s major tournament in Asia. The national team were able to reach the quarter-finals after goals from Tim Cahill helped them overcome China 2-0 in the previous round.

Postecoglou has confirmed that he will not be thinking twice about making changes to the team if he thinks that retaining the same starting line-up will be detrimental to the chances of reaching the semifinals. The former Brisbane Roar manager has come in for criticism after a poor World Cup, but he now has a chance to put that criticism behind. Australia’s only loss in the tournament came in the 1-0 defeat against Korea, who are one of the favourites for the title. After poor performances in the pre-tournament friendly matches, the worst was feared for Australia. However, they have done extremely well to be in a position where the final is only two matches away.

"Everyone's pulled up really well from the quarter-final game. Obviously Matty Spiranovic is available again so we've a full list of 22 to select from which is key for me.We'll have a final look at it today and obviously we've had a look at the opposition in the last couple of days.We'll make some changes. Again they'll be designed to put out a team that we think can be successful tomorrow night. I've got every player who's in this camp who I'm quite confident I can put them,” saidPostecoglou.