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Mat Ryan an 8/10 as he keeps Australia's Asian Cup title defence alive

Mat Ryan celebrates after Australia's Asian Cup win over Uzbekistan.
Mat Ryan's saves ensured Australia's Asian Cup title defence remained alive in a penalty shootout win over Uzbekistan.

Australia's Asian Cup title defence remains alive after narrowly defeating Uzbekistan 4-2 on penalties, after 120 minutes ended with the sides scoreless, in a truly uninspiring performance on Monday.

Positives

From an incredibly slow start, the Socceroos did eventually grow into the contest and by extra-time they were the only team who looked like they wanted to win the game. The heroics of goalkeeper Mat Ryan in the penalty shootout rewarded that effort, but there were very few positives take...

Asian Cup: Australia win shootout, will face hosts UAE in quarters; Japan advance past Saudis

Mat Ryan celebrates after Australia's Asian Cup win over Uzbekistan.
Maty Ryan was the hero as Australia advanced to the quarterfinals.

Goalkeeper Maty Ryan earned champions Australia a quarterfinal place in the Asian Cup on Monday as he made two saves in a shootout to see off Uzbekistan with a 4-2 win on penalties after 120 goalless minutes.

The Brighton & Hove Albion keeper Ryan denied Islom Tukhtakhujaev and Dostonbek Khamdamov to leave Mathew Leckie to score the winning spot-kick and take the Socceroos into the last eight.

The result was no less than the Australians deserved after dominating the second half and most of extra time...

Graham Arnold has Australia playing 'positive' attacking football - Aziz Behich

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine.

Socceroos left-back Aziz Behich is revelling in the attacking emphasis of the team under coach Graham Arnold.

The left-back has been an ever-present in the seven matches Australia have played under Arnold and says the team's threat going forward is one of the most exciting changes he's witnessed.

Since Arnold took the reins after last year's World Cup, the Socceroos have scored 19 goals in those seven matches -- including 5-0 and 4-0 friendly wins over Oman and Kuwait.

"Since Arnie's come in we've...