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Should A-League shoulder the blame for Australia's Asian Cup failure? Ola Toivonen strikes again

Can issues with Australia's national team be attributed to a lack of opportunities in the A-League? Rob Brooks puts this question to the test after a wild week in Australian football.

Talking point of the weekend

A quite extraordinary and depressing seven days in Australian football, which kicked off with the sacking of Australia women's national team coach Alen Stajcic -- for reasons yet to be fully revealed -- and included the Socceroos' departure from the Asian Cup at the quarter-final stage,...

Australia's Asian Cup exit down to Graham Arnold's reluctance to change tactics

It was almost, while recognising how much of a meme the word has become in Australian football: expected.

There was a pervasive sense of inevitability in Australia's 1-0 loss to the United Arab Emirates on Friday, knocking them out of the Asian Cup. Absent was the fabled "Science of Belief," but in its place stood logic. Ten minutes of injury time could have been 30, and the Socceroos still would have struggled to find an equaliser.

When the agony of defeat is felt in a major international tournament,...

Milos Degenek a 5/10 after howler leads to Australia's elimination from Asian Cup

Ismaeil Matar Aljneibi of United Arab Emirates battles for possession with Milos Degenek of Australia during the AFC Asian Cup quarter final match between United Arab Emirates and Australia.
Milos Degenek's woeful back-pass led to the UAE's winner over Australia.

Reigning champions Australia waited until the quarterfinal of the 2019 Asian Cup to play some of their best football, only to be ousted by UAE in a 1-0 defeat. Despite easily dominating possession and shots on goal, a howler from defender Milos Degenek paved the way for the host nation to progress to the final four, where they will meet Qatar, who upset South Korea earlier on Friday evening.

Positives

Ironically, this was one of Australia's best overall performances of the tournament, as the...

Why Robbie Kruse could be Australia's saviour, not scapegoat

"Sometimes it's not so much having the technique," Robbie Kruse said following Australia's victory over Uzbekistan in the Asian Cup round of 16 on Monday.

"It's more so about having the balls to do it, having the confidence to do it."

The topic in the mixed zone was his own penalty in the dramatic shootout win for the Socceroos, but zooming out, Kruse could just as well have been talking about his own game.

Or his true impact on the team. Or the wider Australian football public's misinterpretation...

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

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 out...

Asian Cup: Champions Australia stumble but big boys make it, Yemen bow out

Australia made it through but had to dig deep.

The group stage of the 2019 Asian Cup is over, but there have been plenty of talking points from the competition so far. Here are five things you may have missed.

Champions Australia stumble but big boys stroll through

At the end of Australia's opening game defeat to Jordan, the dry desert air was abuzz with talk of an upset. Could the champions, with their injuries and seeming underestimation of their group rivals, be heading for an early exit?

However, when only eight teams out of 24 are eliminated...