Young Socceroos Progress

Friday 9 November 2012 11:30

Fulham youngster Corey Gameiro helped Australia through to the Quarter-Finals of the AFC Under-19 Championship by scoring a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia.

The Young Socceroos needed a point to progress from Group D to the knock-out stage of the tournament, however, having made a bright start to Thursday evening’s proceedings they found themselves a goal down when Al Muwallad broke the deadlock on 57 minutes.

In response, Australia head coach Paul Okon introduced Gameiro, and having already established himself as a somewhat of a super-sub for Fulham’s Under-18s, the young forward made the difference once more.

As his side pushed forward, Gameiro, who is currently on loan at FC Eindhoven, tested the opposing goalkeeper with one low strike from the edge of the box as well as a close-range header.  

With time running out, and with Australia on the verge of elimination, Gameiro pounced on a ball over the Saudi defence and finished with a brilliant left-footed strike on the turn to claim his third goal in three games.

Fulham midfielder Ryan Williams is also part of the Australia squad.

Australia will now meet Jordan in Sunday’s Quarter-Final at the Fujairah Stadium, Al Fujairah City. The winner will not only book their place in the Semi-Final, but also a spot at the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup to be held in Turkey.