Argentina seal semi spot
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luciano Figueroa bagged a hat-trick as Argentina beat Australia 4-2.Argentina saw off a late rally from Australia to win 4-2 and claim their place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.
Jose Pekerman's side followed up their 2-1 victory over Tunisia to join Germany in the last four thanks to a hat trick from former Birmingham flop Luciano Figueroa and a penalty from Juan Roman Riquelme.
However Osasuna striker John Aloisi made for a nervy finish as he claimed two goals to slash the deficit.
It was Figueroa who opened the scoring on 12 minutes as he finished smartly after a one-two with Mario Alberto Santana.
The South Americans extended their advantage as Villarreal star Riquelme maintained his composure to score from the spot after Lucas Neill brought down Javier Saviola.
Ten minutes into the second half Figueroa looked to have put the game beyond doubt as he capitalised on Tony Vidmar's inability to clear to put the ball beyond Mark Schwarzer in the Australia goal.
However just eight minutes later Aloisi began to make an impact and converted from the penalty spot after earning the spot kick himself under a challenge from Fabricio Coloccini.
The former Coventry man the stole in to convert his second with twenty minutes to go as Gabriel Heinze attempted to chest back to Argentine keeper German Lux.
However it was left to Figueroa to steal the show as he steered in a Riquelme free-kick in the dying moments to grab his personal land-mark and send his side into the last four.