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Young Socceroos to play host nation

ASA: Australia will play host nation United Arab Emirates in Sharjah on Tuesday in their second round match at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

After defeating Brazil 3-2 in their final Group C match on Thursday, the Young Socceroos had to wait until the completion of the 1st round group stage on Friday (local time) before knowing the identity of their opponents. The United Arab Emirates finished third in Group A behind Burkina Faso and Slovakia.

The Young Socceroos played two matches against the United Arab Emirates in October in Abu Dhabi recording a 2-0 win and a 0-0 draw in what was the team’s first matches since the Oceania qualifying tournament in December last year.

The second round match will be played in the Al-Sharjah stadium on Tuesday 9 December at 9pm with all remaining matches at the tournament to be decided by extra time or penalty kicks if required.

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