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Oz keen to cap lessons with 1st Asian title

By The Assam Tribune

DOHA, Jan 28 (AP): Australia believe they have the form and confidence to capture their first major football title and prevent Japan from winning a record fourth Asian Cup in the final here tomorrow.

The Socceroos go into the final riding high after routing Uzbekistan 6-0 in the semifinals on Tuesday. Australia have won four and drawn one of their five games and scored 13 goals while conceding only one.

�It�s great to win something and this is something that realistically we can win,� says defender Luke Wilkshire.

�We have made the final in only our second attempt so we have come a long way. It�s a little bit different to the World Cup but maybe it would be a bit bigger.�

Wilkshire was in the team when the Socceroos made it into the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup, which ranks as the team�s top football achievement so far.

While the margin of victory against Uzbekistan has put the limelight on Australia�s attack, it�s the team�s defense � the best in the tournament � that�s also made a major contribution.

�It�s because of our structure,� Australia�s German coach Holger Osieck says. �Our defense begins with our forwards, who try to close the space and prevent the other team from developing their attacks.�

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Oz keen to cap lessons with 1st Asian title

DOHA, Jan 28 (AP): Australia believe they have the form and confidence to capture their first major football title and prevent Japan from winning a record fourth Asian Cup in the final here tomorrow.

The Socceroos go into the final riding high after routing Uzbekistan 6-0 in the semifinals on Tuesday. Australia have won four and drawn one of their five games and scored 13 goals while conceding only one.

�It�s great to win something and this is something that realistically we can win,� says defender Luke Wilkshire.

�We have made the final in only our second attempt so we have come a long way. It�s a little bit different to the World Cup but maybe it would be a bit bigger.�

Wilkshire was in the team when the Socceroos made it into the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup, which ranks as the team�s top football achievement so far.

While the margin of victory against Uzbekistan has put the limelight on Australia�s attack, it�s the team�s defense � the best in the tournament � that�s also made a major contribution.

�It�s because of our structure,� Australia�s German coach Holger Osieck says. �Our defense begins with our forwards, who try to close the space and prevent the other team from developing their attacks.�

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