Mat Ryan made several spectacular saves to beat Uzbekistan 4-2 in a Round of 16 tie of the AFC Asian Cup tonight as the defending champions make the cut for the quarterfinals of the championship.

The score at the end of regulation and the ensuing extra time was 0-0.

In the penalty shootout, Ryan kept out spot-kicks from Islom Tukhtakhujaev and Dostonbek Khamdamov to leave Mathew Leckie to score the winning penalty that took Graham Arnold’s side into the next round of the competition.

Australia’s opponent in the quarterfinals is United Arab Emirates, who beat Kyrgyzstan 3-2 in their Round of 16 tie.

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