Australia went through in unconvincing fashion to the Asian Cup quarter-finals, with a penalty shootout win against Uzbekistan.
The Socceroos won 4-2 on penalties in Al Ain after the previous 120 minutes had failed to produce a goal.
There was a shortage of attacking intent shown by both sides, which will leave Australia concerned ahead of their quarter-final clash with the United Arab Emirates.
Graham Arnold's team will need to improve against tournament the hosts, who edged past Kyrgyzstan 3-2 thanks to a penalty in extra time.
And they'll be without Tom Rogic at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, after he picked up a second yellow card during the tournament.
Arnold will have Hull City's Jackson Irvine in his mind for an attacking midfield role in the quarter-final, and could consider further changes to his starting side.
Chris Ikonomidis failed to fire up front for the Socceroos, with several poor touches in the final third, and a number of players were below their best.
The star of the victory was keeper Mat Ryan, who produced a pair of wonderful penalty shootout saves, first down the middle and then to his right.
Mathew Leckie then held his nerve to bury his penalty and send Australia through to the last eight.
Speaking of Ryan, Arnold said: "That is why he is in the Premier League…the two saves in the shootout showed what a top goalkeeper he is. He does a lot of homework, when he goes into a game he ticks all the boxes."
Ryan rescued Australia in the 10th minute when he denied Eldor Shomurodov from a one-on-one opportunity, and that proved to be just about the best chance of the match.
Leckie, sent on for Awer Mabil, teed up Rogic for a strike midway through the second half.
Regulation time produced few decent chances, though the Uzbeks were fortunate not to have to go through extra time with only ten men after Davronbek Khashimov avoided being shown a second yellow late in the game after fouling Ikonomidis.
The Socceroos pushed forward in extra time but were ultimately unable to fashion anything more than half-chances.
Uzbekistan ran out the game strongly with a flurry of late substitutions, but they too could not create anything meaningful going forward.
The Socceroos are 3/1 to reach the final, while Australia are 7/1 to win the Asian Cup outright.
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