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Sport in June: Wrap

There was plenty of football to whet the appetite as the Socceroos secured their passage to their fifth straight FIFA World Cup

The Socceroos are heading to Qatar! An incredibly strenuous and challenging playoff path ended in pure elation as the Socceroos overcame Peru to book their place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this year.

Graham Arnold’s men certainly did not make it easy for themselves as they had to muster their way through two elimination playoffs before they were able to secure one of the final spots on offer at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

The first of those playoffs saw the Green and Gold come up against UAE – a nation which they had fallen short against in the 2019 Asian Cup quarter finals.

However, this time around it was a far more refined Socceroos side which came to play, and it showed on the field as they dominated large periods of play before sealing the win thanks to Ajdin Hrustic’s fine effort.

Watch the full match replay of the UAE vs Socceroos

Watch highlights from the UAE vs Socceroos

Next up was a far sterner test which had even the Socceroos’ diehards questioning whether they could see off Peru.

Their South American opponents had finished fifth in the CONMEBOL (South American confederation). This wasn’t the first meeting between the two sides with Peru getting the upper hand when they met back at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Sochi.

Watch the mini match from the Socceroos vs Peru

Watch the highlights from the Socceroos vs Peru

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The Socceroos squad had since endured a major overhaul however much of Peru’s side had remained intact with few youngsters breaking into their national team setup.

Nevertheless, the stage was set for a nail biting showdown as Socceroos fans from across Australia set their alarm clocks for what turned out to be a memorable morning for the green and gold!

DOHA, QATAR - JUNE 13: Australia celebrates their win over Peru in the changing room following the 2022 FIFA World Cup Playoff match between Australia Socceroos and Peru at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on June 13, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

Asian Cup glory for Australian U23’s in Uzbekistan?

While the Socceroos made history in Qatar there was also momentum building in Uzbekistan as the Australian U23’s enjoyed a strong start to their Asian Cup campaign.

Drawn in Group B alongside Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan. The new-look squad started well and were able to top their group and qualify for a quarter final showdown against Turkmenistan.

A strong showing saw them prevail by the odd goal with a date with Saudi Arabia awaiting them in the semi final.

Watch the action to see how Australia performed against Saud Arabia.

Australia vs Saudi Arabia Highlights

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Matildas On Show against Spain and Portugal

The end of June saw the CommBank Matildas come up against Spain and Portugal in a two match friendly series.

Coach Tony Gustavsson had opted for a young squad with a majority of the Matildas’ stars rested following a hectic season.

This would be their first meeting with Spain. Missed any of the action? Catch up with all our highlights and extras from the match in Huelva.

Watch full replay from the Spain vs CommBank Matildas match

Watch highlights from the Spain vs CommBank Matildas match

The Spain match was followed by a clash against Portugal on the coastal town of Estoril three days later.

Watch all the action to see how the CommBank Matildas performed against Portugal.

Watch full replay from the Portugal vs CommBank Matildas match

Watch highlights from the Portugal vs CommBank Matildas match