ABU DHABI, 6th September, 2016 (WAM) — The spirited UAE lost to Australia 0-1 in a nail-biting encounter this evening at the Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Veteran striker Tim Cahill scored for Australia in the 75th minute, minutes after entering the pitch, making use of a perfectly executed volley in front of the goal from Brad Smith.

Unfazed by Australia’s lead, the Emiratis attacked in the hope of scoring an equalizer, but the guests used their well-organised defence to launch counter-attacks and to manage the remaining time of the match to seal a precious away win.

A last minute free-kick gave the Emirati players and 40,000 strong fans hope of leveling the match, but midfielder Omer Abdul Rahman’s ball hit the wall of Australian defence, after which the referee blew the final whistle for the guests to maintain their unbeaten lead of the group.

The match saw both sides squandering several chances, the closest of which was Aaron Mooy’s second half missile from outside the box that hit the Emirati wood work.

The UAE’s next match will be against Thailand who lost 0-2 earlier today to Japan.