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Australia vs Jordan

FIFA World Cup - 2014 Qualifiers - Asian Region - Final Round - Group B - Match 7
Australia vs Jordan
at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Australia on 2013-06-11T09:00:00
Score: 4-0 (1-0)
Scorers: Mark Bresciano (15'), Tim Cahill (61'), Robert Kruse (76'), Lucas Neill (84')
Official Info: FIFA Details
Previous Match: Japan vs Australia
Next Match: Australia vs Iraq

Despite all the pressure and an opponent with a lot to play for, the Socceroos were a revelation, thumped Jordan and took a giant step towards qualification.

Nothing less than a win would do for the Socceroos. For Jordan, a win would be a big step towards 2nd spot. There was everything to play for, and while the Socceroos and their fans were confident, particularly after last week, we'd all seen the Socceroos stumble against Oman a couple of months ago.

The early signs were promising with Australia creating a couple of great chances. Then the turning point, the linesman flagged a foul, but the referee correctly waved play on. Australia, via Kruse's great run and Bresciano with the finish, were 1-0 up after 15 minutes. It was the perfect start and we looked steady from then on.

It remained 1-0 at half-time and both sides played with great fight in the second half. A substitution by Osieck was quickly followed by a second goal, this time to Tim Cahill (with Kruse again the provider). I think we were home and hosed at this point. Jordan made a couple of subs and seemed to lose their edge. Kruse capped a man-of-the-match performance with a wonderful goal of his own, before Lucas Neill scored his first ever goal for Australia to complete the rout.

We're off to Sydney next week. I bought my ticket as soon as the result was clear. It looks promising. Overnight Japan defeated Iraq to knock them out of the race. This was quickly followed by the retirement of Iraq's two best players. It should be a sell-out against a weakened opponent. It's never a sure thing with the Socceroos, but my tip is a comfortable win and we're off to Brazil.