Zeljko Kalac ( 16. Dezember 1972 in Sydney, kroatische Schreibweise: Željko Kalac, [ˈʒɛʎkɔ ˈkalats]) ist ein ehemaliger australischer Fußballtorwart und heutiger Torwarttrainer.
Er absolvierte über 50 Länderspiele für die australische Fußballnationalmannschaft, mit der er dreimal Ozeanienmeister wurde und an der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 2006 in Deutschland teilnahm. Auf Vereinsebene spielte er lange Zeit in Europa, unter anderem als Ersatztorwart beim AC Mailand, mit dem er 2007 die Champions League gewann.
Suddenly the Japanese had to go back to the offensive. For more than an hour they had been up, they had submitted an early gate through Dusseldorf s Tanaka (8.), and they had mastered the game over wide routes. But Frankfurt Hrustic joined a perfect free kick from the penalty area and suddenly scored 1: 1 (69.).
A draw, so much was clear before the impetus, would be too little for Samurai Blue. So Japan put on a storm run, coach Hajime Moriyasu changed asano – and then he had his feet in the game, as the crucial gate fell: The Bochumer was played on the left penalty area and aimed in the long corner, Australia s goalkeeper Ryan was able to the ball Not holding, and His hurt him unhappy in his own goal (85th).
It was the final point of an entertaining and exciting game, in which Australia had his moments – not only in a post-shot of taggart in the first pass (41.).
Japan under pressure – Osako awards
Even before the ball rolled, it stood that Japan would only help three points. Moriyasus team was already six points behind Australia and Saudi Arabia after the first three games, and because only the first and second placed qualifies directly for the World Cup, the hosts stood by the Stuttgart Endo under Voltwang. With the early gate, they gave the direction, later the last year s Bremer Osako had a good option (35.).
After just over an hour but the compensation: After a foul of Morita, the referee had only shown the point, but his decision after a reference to the video assistant had taken back. Hrustic did not care – he met with a magnificent free kick. The last word had Alasano. Or more apt: behaved, the Asano s shot involuntarily transported to the Australian Gate.