Aussies to tackle Saudi Arabia
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Australia will face Saudi Arabia in London as the two nations continue preparations for January’s AFC Asian Cup.

The 8 September match comes four days after the Socceroos take on Belgium in Liege.

The match will be Australia’s fifth at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. The most recent was a 3-0 win over Canada last October which proved to be the last in Holger Osieck’s reign as Socceroos coach.

“The match against Saudi Arabia presents a good challenge for the Socceroos leading into the Asian Cup,” said Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. “Saudi Arabia has also qualified for the Asian Cup so it will be good to gauge where we are at against another Asian team.

“We made some steps forward in terms of our performances at the 2014 World Cup but our focus is now on converting those performances into positive results as we prepare to host the Asian Cup on home soil in January 2015.”

Other confirmed Socceroo matches leading into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, which will be played in Australia, include away to United Arab Emirates and Qatar during October.

Saudi Arabia are looking to maintain their rebuilding phase after failing to reach the last stage of 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying under Frank Rijkaard. The Saudis, who are now under the direction of Spaniard Juan Ramon Lopez Caro and are three-time continental champions, went through Asian Cup qualifying undefeated.