Luongo: We could have done more

The Socceroos booked their spot in the final of the Asian Cup after seeing off the challenge of the UAE in Newcastle, with goals inside the first 15 minutes from Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson doing the job.

Speaking after the match, Luongo said that claiming the ascendancy early on was pivotal in Australia's success in the encounter, but also dulled the intensity which saw the level of their play drop off.

"We want to control games a lot better. We want to have a lot of possession and we want to tire teams out," he explained.

"We did well for 10 minutes, got a goal and maybe if we didn't score we would have controlled the game a lot better. But being 2-0 up we probably made it a little bit hard on ourselves.

"We could have tried to keep the ball a bit longer and not give it away as cheaply as we did. We paid for that and it went in the opposite direction a little bit."

Australia will face Korea Republic in Saturday's final.