The Young Socceroos have failed to qualify for the Fifa U-20 World Cup for just the third time in more than three decades after drawing 1-1 with Uzbekistan overnight.
Paul Okon’s men needed a win to progress to the quarter-final of the AFC U19 Championship in Myanmar after the UAE demolished Indonesia 4-1.
Melbourne City's Stefan Mauk put the Young Socceroos on track for victory with a goal on 66 minutes before Urinboev Zabikhillo fired home the equaliser for Uzbekistan with just seven minutes left in regulation time.
Despite a late onslaught the Aussies were unable to break the deadlock, ensuring Uzbekistan and UAE advanced on goal difference after all three teams finished on five points in Group B.
Only the tournament's top four qualify for next year's U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The night went from bad to worse for the Aussies after promising attacker Peter Skapetis went down with what looked like a serious knee injury in the final minutes of the game.
Skapetis,19, left QPR reserves earlier this year after signing a £300,000 deal with Premier League club Stoke City.
Australia has attended 15 U-20 World Cups since first participating in 1981 and has only failed to qualify twice before - in 1989 and 2007.
PIC: Young Socceroos teammates Hagi Gligor (Sydney FC) and goalscorer Stefan Mauk (Melbourne City).comments