United Arab Emirates faces Australia for a place in the playoff against Peru

The United Arab Emirates, selected led by the Argentine Rodolfo Arruabarrena, will play this Tuesday against Australia, in search of qualifying for the playoff against Peru for a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The final of the fourth and last phase of the Asian qualifiers It will be played at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium in Qatar, from 3 p.m. in Argentina, and will be broadcast on ESPN.

The winner of the duel between the Emiratis and Australians will be Peru’s rival in the playoff between Asia and South America that will be played on Monday, June 13 at the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium in Al Rayán.

Australia, third in its zone behind Saudi Arabia and Japan, starts as a favorite due to its experience in five World Cups (1974, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) but Arruabarrena will seek to make history with the United Arab Emirates. The former Boca coach took over in mid-February and with just two games (one loss and one win) he secured third place in Group A in Asia, below the qualifiers Iran and South Korea.

Last Sunday, May 29, the “Vasco” led his third game in charge of the team, which was a friendly against Gambia (1-1) in Dubai.

The figure of the United Arab Emirates is striker Ali Mabkhout, the top scorer in the Asian qualifiers with 14 goals, and Argentine attacker Sebastián Tagliabúe, 37, was also called up to contribute his experience.

The Australians also have a team with players who stand out in European leagues such as Mathew Ryan, goalkeeper for Real Sociedad; and midfielder Ajdin Hrustic, Europa League champion with Eintracht Frankfurt.

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The Ahmad bin Ali stadium, the scene of tomorrow’s match, will also host six matches in the group stage (Croatia-Belgium, one of the highlights) and one in the round of 16.

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