(L-R) Mathew Leckie, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson and Robbie Kruse of Australia celebrate beating United Arab Emirates in their AFC Asian Cup semi-final football match in Newcastle on January 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS
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Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at Newcastle Stadium Tuesday.South Korea beat Australia 1-0 in the group stage 10 days ago.Australia and the UAE had never met in a competitive match, and their last two friendlies ended in scoreless draws, but the host needed only three minutes to make a dream start.Australia's eagerness to dominate midfield in the first half was best epitomized by Robbie Kruse, who dispossessed Abdulrahman while missing one of his boots.Davidson became Australia's 10th different scorer of the tournament.UAE started the second half better than the first, with Abdulrahman getting on to the ball increasingly more in threatening areas, but Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan was rarely tested.
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