Live Match Update - Australia V Solomon Islands
Australia has advanced to the Oceania/South America play-off, after a 2-1 win over a more committed Solomon Islands in a very hot and humid Honiara today. Click here for the live update.
Australia - 2 Match Information Solomon Isl. - 1 Zeljko Kalac (gk) Lucas Neill Jon McKain Brett Emerton Jason Culina Vince Grella Mark Bresciano Scott Chipperfield Archie Thompson Mark Viduka (c) Tim Cahill Substitutes Tony Popovic Tony Vidmar Josip Skoko John Aloisi Luke Wilkshire Ahmad Elrich Mark Schwarzer (gk) Michael Thwaite Stan Lazaridis Sasho Petrovski FULL TIME - Australia wins 2-1 (9-1 on aggregate) and qualifies for the play-off with the fifth ranked South American nation in November.
93' - Abraham Iniga heads a corner over the bar with the last touch of the match.
93' - Jon McKain receives a yellow card for a dangerous high challenge.
80' - Archie Thompson has a glancing header saved by the goalkeeper.
75' - Vince Grella recieves a yellow card after a tough tackle on an opponent.
71' - Stan Lazaridis replaces Scott Chipperfield
64' - Yellow card to Mark Bresciano for a late challenge.
59' - GOAL - Brett Emerton. The noisy crowd have been silenced by a quick response from Australia with Jason Culina's cross controlled and finished from close-range by Emerton.
49' - GOAL - Henry Fa'Arodo from the penalty spot. Amid high drama, Fa'Arodo converts a twice-taken penalty after Zeljko Kalac was demeed to have moved off his line in saving the penalty. The first penalty taken by Commins Menapi is well saved by Kalac who gets up to save again from Menapi from the rebound, who then pounces on the ball for a third time only to receive a knock after a reckless challenge from George Lui who is sent off the field. The linesman indicates that Kalac had moved off his line and the penalty is retaken succesfully by Fa'Arodo. Kalac subsequently receives a caution for kicking the ball away.
48' - Lucas Neill brings down flying Perth Glory attacker Henry Fa'Arodo in the penalty area with Neill receiving a yellow card.
HT - Substitutions for Australia, Luke Wilkshire and Ahmad Elrich come on to replace captain Mark Viduka and Tim Cahill.
HT - Australia had the majority of play in the half with Kalac called into action only on a few occasions to deal with crosses. At the other end of the field the home team are defending stoutly.
42' - Tim Cahill looks likely to scored but directs a free header straight at the goalkeeper.
37' - Archie Thompson shows sublime skill to controls the ball and turns in the one movement to create space for a shot but flashes his shot straight at the goalkeeper.
30' - Bresciano strikes a free kick from just outside the penalty area which forced the goalkeeper into a good save.
17' - GOAL - Archie Thompson. McKain passes to Grella who played a ball from halfway over the defence for Thompson who lifted the bouncing ball over the advancing keeper for the opening goal of the match.
12' - Still no goalscoring opportunities for either team though Australia have earnt three corners so far.
5' - The match got underway a few minutes late and neither team has been able to create any real goalscoring chances.
Australia v Solomon Islands Tuesday 6th September 2005 Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Kick-off is at 12.00 noon (AEST).
Australia won the first leg played in Sydney on Saturday 7-0.
Coach Guus Hiddink has made five changes to the team which started in Saturday's 1st leg.
Coming into the line-up are Zeljko Kalac, Jon McKain, Mark Bresciano, Vince Grella and Melbourne Victory's in-form striker Archie Thompson.
Omitted from the starting eleven are goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, midfielder Josip Skoko, defenders Tony Popovic and Tony Vidmar, plus striker John Aloisi.
Once again conditions are very hot and extremely humid just as they were last year in the Oceania Nations Cup Final in October.
For the home team key attacker Commins Menapi returns after missing the first leg through suspension while defender Nelson Sale misses out after being dismissed last Saturday.
The referee, Shamsul Maidin from Singapore, will be familiar with the Socceroos having the controlled the Australia v Argentina match at the recent FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany.
Referee - Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)Assistant Referee - Fathi Al Arabati (Jordan) Assistant Referee - Eisa Ghuloum (United Arab Emirates) Fourth Official - Santhan Nagalingam (Singapore) Team from
Francis Aruwafu (gk) Leslie Leo Mahlon Houkarawa Alick Maemae Kidstone Billy Batram Suri George Lui Gideon Omokirio Henry Fa'arodo Francis Wasi Commins Menapi Substitutes George Suri Abraham Iniga Richard Anisua Jack Samani Judd Molea Stanley Waita Felix Ray Jr (gk)