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Jedinak Books Place In Asian Cup Final

27 January 2015

Palace and Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak has guided his side to the final of the 2015 Asian Cup after Australia beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in the semi-final.

Goals from Jason Davidson and Trent Sainsbury within the opening quarter of an hour gave the host nation a dream start in Newcastle and they kept their opponents quiet for the rest of the contest to set up a final against South Korea in Sydney on Saturday morning.

It is the second time in succession that the Aussies and Jedinak have reached the final of the continental competition, and will be aiming to go one step further on home turf having lost 1-0 to Japan in the 2011 edition.

Australia will also be looking to gain some revenge on the Koreans who beat them 1-0 in the group stage 10 days ago, however the influential skipper missed that game with an ankle injury but now has the opportunity to lead his side to their first ever triumph in the competition.

Speaking before the tournament to the Palace Programme, Jedinak revealed how much that would mean to him, saying: “I don't want to get ahead of myself but it would mean an awful lot to win the competition; I'd rank it right up there as one of my career highlights. Day by day, game by game we'll just see how it goes.

“We've played South Korea a number of times and it's always tough, they're a real force within Asia,” he added. “They're going through a transitional period at the moment after the World Cup and have a new manager, so they'll be slightly different."

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