Tim Cahill netted a hat-trick as Australia moved closer to securing a spot in the second and final qualifying stage following a comprehensive 4-0 victory over minnows Bangladesh in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B Qualifier in Dhaka on Tuesday night.
Cahill, 34 was brilliant in the opening half as he scored his countries first three-goals to take his international tally to 45 goals in 88 caps as the Socceroos backed up from their win over Kyrgyzstan with another three-points.
Captain Mile Jedinak scored the other goal as all four goals were scored in the first half as the Socceroos made it five wins from six games to sit second on the table, a point behind leaders Jordan.
“Knowing what the boys have been through the last few days, both physically and mentally, we lost our focus and concentration in the second half,” Australian coach Ange Postecoglou told Fox Sports after the game.
“It became very scrappy. When that happens it’s not about goals, we just didn’t maintain our composure.”
“But with everything that’s going on, the players, the staff have handled themselves impeccably and pleased we can get through unscathed.”
“Overall, the unusual build up we had arriving last night, it all just took its toll. Thankfully we all got through it with nothing major happening and we got the win.”
Australia has two remaining games in the group, both at home and a result over either Tajikistan or a possible top of the group battle against Jordan would secure the Socceroos passage into the final round of qualifying.
Australia 4 (Cahill 6; 32; 37; Jedinak 43)
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