Asian Cup: Australia not letting down guard despite meeting UAE, not Japan, in s-final

Mile Jedinak of Australia (left) reacting after he scored a goal from a penalty with Matthew Leckie (centre) and Tim Cahill (right) during the first round Asian Cup football match between Australia and Kuwait in Melbourne on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: AF
Mile Jedinak of Australia (left) reacting after he scored a goal from a penalty with Matthew Leckie (centre) and Tim Cahill (right) during the first round Asian Cup football match between Australia and Kuwait in Melbourne on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia are determined not to get carried away with their chances of lifting the Asian Cup on home soil despite reigning champions Japan crashing out of the tournament in the quarter-finals.

The Socceroos had been expecting to play the Samurai Blue in a rematch of the 2011 final in the last four on Tuesday but will instead face United Arab Emirates after the Gulf nation upset Japan in a shootout on Friday.

Australia's media rejoiced at what they saw as an easier path to next weekend's final but striker Robbie Kruse said the team were taking nothing for granted.

"We can be the first team to win major silverware here in Australia, and to do it on our home soil is something special," he told reporters in Newcastle.

"Some people may say we're already in the final but we're not looking at it like that. It's going to be tough."

His form in the tournament has been a big factor in Australia's progress to within one match of a final against South Korea or Iraq.

The Bayer Leverkusen forward missed the World Cup last year after he had knee surgery and thinks he is only now approaching his best form.