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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Australia qualify to World Cup after beating Uruguay

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Australian soocer team accomplished a "Mission Impossible" this wednesday at Sydney's Telstra Stadium: They defeated Uruguay in the penalty shootout and qualifyed to the World Cup Germany 2006 for the first time in 32 years.

Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer became a national hero after stopping two penalty kicks. He said they feel great delight in defeating Uruguay to reach the World Cup after questioning the sportsmanship of the South Americans during the play-off.

Schwarzer stopped the shots from Marcelo Zalayeta and Dario Rodriguez. John Aloisi tucked away Australia's fifth spot-kick to secure a 4-2 win on penalties in Sydney's Telstra Stadium.

There was little between the two teams over the 210 minutes of soccer played in the past four days, and it seemed inevitable after Marco Bresciano levelled the scores on aggregate with a 35th minute goal that it would end in extra time in the cruellest fashion imaginable for one team.

Hiddink, who surprised many with his decision to bench Kewell, left out striker Archie Thompson, bringing in hometown hero Tim Cahill and Bresciano, who had come off the bench in Montevideo to such telling effect.

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