Australia not underestimating UAE

Hosts Australia are taking nothing for granted as they prepare to take on the United Arab Emirates in an Asian Cup semi-final.

The two teams will so battle in Newcastle on Tuesday, with the Socceroos favourites to progress to the final despite the UAE having knocked out tournament favourites Japan in the quarter-finals.

While many view UAE as a significantly weaker opponents than Japan, Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan insists that his side are well aware of the threat posed by Mahid Ali's side.

“They've beaten quality opposition so they've got nothing to lose now. They did the job against Japan and they were the hot favourites for the tournament in a lot of people’s eyes,” Ryan told the Football Federation Australia’s official website.

“Their front four have got a tremendous amount of skill and pace. They've got that quality and it’s going to be difficult to breach their defence.

“We’re doing a lot better defensively and we’re growing and growing with each game. Hopefully we can take another step towards more improvement in the next game.”

“But we can only focus on ourselves, I’m pretty confident our squad can overcome UAE on Tuesday.”