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Indonesia vs Australia

Amidst all the preparation for the 2010 World Cup, we also have to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup. It seems like a bit of an annoyance, but really the more competitive football we play the better.

The actual match featured a Socceroos team made up entirely of A-League players. The final result, 0-0, is probably a little disappointing as Indonesia is ranked over 100 places behind us. However, given that we had limited preparation and were playing away in humid conditions, we'll take a point.

Bahrain vs Australia

The ultimate snatch-and-grab victory. Bahrain played out of their skins and were on top for most of the match. We were kept in it by some good work by Schwarzer (again). And Bresciano steals victory with an injury-time goal.

Another away win maintains our perfect record in our group. But everybody admits we were lucky to win; we would have been pleased with a point. Next up is Japan away and they had a good win over Qatar. We'll have to be a lot better for that game. Bring it on.

Australia vs Qatar

Man I really hate the fact that the Socceroos are only on Foxtel. By all accounts we played really well and blew Qatar off the park. The 4-0 result combined with Japan's 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan means we've gone top of the group and we've had our bye.

Uzbekistan vs Australia

We had the bye for Match Day 1 and enjoyed a 2-1 win over Holland in a friendly. Uzbekistan meanwhile had gone down 0-3 to Qatar. So we were in form, but they were desperate and at home. And we came away with a priceless 0-1 win away. I didn't see much of the match, but by all accounts we did pretty well.

Australia vs China

Groan. What an appalling game. Verbeek experimented with many new players and it showed. We played poorly. China scored a cracker of a goal after 10 minutes and didn't do much more apart from waste time. A 0-1 loss.

Best bit: China was awarded a penalty and scored. Only to be forced to retake it because they encroached on the penalty area. They missed the second attempt.

Worst bit: we've been undefeated in home qualifiers for 24 years. Now that's a record that's going to take a long time to equal.

Qatar vs Australia

Australia has progressed to the next stage of World Cup qualification with an emphatic 3-1 away win over Qatar! A Brett Emerton double did the damage. Kewell wrapped it up with a third before a late consolation to Qatar.

Iraq vs Australia

Another match I didn't get to see. Apparently we didn't play too badly, but we lost 0-1. The goal may have been a bit of a fluke, but we rode our luck in Brisbane last week so we can't complain too much.

Our first loss under Verbeek and our first conceded goal for the qualifiers. It had to happen sometime I suppose. In the other game, Qatar defeated China 1-0 away, to draw level with us on points. This all makes next week's game against Qatar very important.

Australia vs Iraq

Australia secured a very significant win over Iraq in Brisbane to move one step closer to qualifying for the next round. All up, we were pretty lucky to get away with the win, but the three points will be very valuable.

A wet Sunday afternoon, but the Nag's Head filled up not long after kick-off. The crowd was even better at the stadium. A sell-out and they made lots of noise.

China vs Australia

Work commitments prevented me from watching the match. Dang. But the news was good. By all accounts, it proved to be a fairly close, tense encounter. Mark Schwarzer saved the day with yet another penalty save with a few minutes to go. And we could have snatched it in the final minute. All in all, given our preparation, the difficult venue, the absences due to injury, we'll take an away draw.

In the other game Qatar beat Iraq 2-0. So we remain on top of our group. And the team deemed the biggest threat, Iraq, languishes at the bottom. Go figure.

Australia vs Qatar

The Socceroos began their long campaign for a spot at the 2010 World Cup finals with a very encouraging 3-0 win over Qatar last night in Melbourne. There was a lot of pre-match concern about how the Aussies would fair in this match. It was our new coach, Pim Verbeek's, first game in charge. Ten of the starting 11 had flown in from Europe just a day or two before the game. Qatar has been here for a week acclimatising. But in the end none of this mattered.

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