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Australia vs China

A high scoring, but ultimately fruitless match, as Australia went down 3-4. We finished the tournament with a single point from three matches. From that point of view it was disappointing. On the plus side, many young players were given their opportunity. It will be interesting to see what sort of squad Osieck looks to build for Rio 2014.

Japan vs Australia

Our second match saw an improvement. We fought back from 0-2 down to level the scores with some good play, only to concede shortly after and eventually go down 2-3. A better effort.

Republic of Korea vs. Australia

With World Cup qualification sealed, this tournament was an opportunity to be experimental. Osieck used newcomers and A-League players and came away with a 0-0 draw. Not a bad result, and by all accounts, we were lucky, having been thoroughly outplayed.

Australia vs Chinese Taipei

North Korea played just before us and won 4-0, so we knew we had to win by +5 or better to ensure first place. The new football broadcasting deal meant this match was streamed live from SBS's website which I think is fantastic. And we got the job done.

Guam vs Australia

A much improved performance, albeit against a relative minnow in world football. Osieck was also more adventurous with his selections giving several newcomers a start and they didn't let him down. The big margin was very handy as we've reined in North Korea's goal difference in just one match. So we'll start our last game on a level footing with them. Much better but one more good game still required.

North Korea vs Australia

We got off to a flying start with a goal to Archie Thompson in just the fourth minute. But we again made heavy going of it, eventually conceding in the second half and drawing the match. Not a disastrous result, but one that leaves us with no room for error. We must win our last two games by significant margins to ensure we account for North Korea's better goal difference. Improvement still needed.

Hong Kong vs Australia

Our first ever match in this relatively new tournament was a little uninspiring. We fielded a pretty strong team but made hard work of our opponents and we were a little fortunate to win. We couldn't afford to drop points so we should be grateful that Brett Emerton scored with just a few minutes to go. Improvement needed.

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