27 Jan 2011

Socceroos qualify for Asian Cup final against Japan

6:18 am on 27 January 2011

Australia will face Japan in the Asian Cup football final after storming into the decider with a stunning 6-0 demolition of Uzbekistan in their semi-final in Doha.

The Socceroos turned in a ruthless performance in front of 24,836 fans at Khalifa Stadium, with Harry Kewell, Sasa Ognenovski, David Carney, Brett Emerton, Carl Valeri and Robbie Kruse all scoring to earn Australia's first shot at the continental trophy.

The match continued the remarkable rise of Brisbane Roar midfielder Matt McKay, who was brilliant in setting up three goals in a man-of-the-match performance, while fellow A-League bolter Robbie Kruse came off the bench to help set up two and score his first for Australia.

Three times champion Japan won the first semi-final over South Korea in a penalty shoot out, after the Koreans levelled at 2-2 in the last minute of extra time.