Australia has returned back to winning ways following a comprehensive 3-0 victory over minnows Kyrgyzstan in their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Group B encounter which was played in Canberra on Thursday night.
Goals from captain Mile Jedinak, veteran Tim Cahill and an own goal from Amirov Ildar secured the three-points for the Socceroos as they returned back to winning ways in front of over 19,000 at GIO Stadium.
The victory was the Socceroos fourth from five games in the group and moves them into outright second place on 12-points, one-point behind group leaders Jordan with three games each remaining in the first of the two group stages.
A Socceroos win away to group cellar dwellers Bangladesh in a few days’ time would all but ensure the Asian champions passage into the second and final group stage.
Australian coach Ange Postecoglou was pleased with how his side responded from their last outing, a defeat to Jordan and believed that his side should have scored more goals.
“I would have preferred we won 10-0 which we should have. If you look at the number of chances we created, the way we played our football, I was very happy,” said Postecoglou to reporters afterwards.
“We weren’t happy with how last game went [a loss in Jordan] so we needed to had to have a look at some different options and the starting line-up reflected the players who looked in the best condition to play the kind of football we wanted to play.”
“Right from the first minute we were very dominant which we set out to do.”
“The players were very disciplined in making sure we played our game for the full 90.”
Despite several key players being out including the likes of goalkeeper Matt Ryan and attacking winger Matt Lecke the Socceroos were still expected to have no trouble with their less experienced opponents.
However the visitors proved to be more difficult than expected, especially in the opening half as goalkeeper Matiash Pavel made several key saves – he did that throughout the night – as the home side wasted many opportunities.
The Socceroos dominance finally paid dividends when captain Mile Jedinak successfully converted a penalty five minutes out before the main break following substitute Nathan Burns being brought down in the area.
Australia didn’t waste long to double their advantage as five minutes in the second half star man Tim Cahill netted his 42nd goal for his country with a calm finish.
An own goal later in the second half secured the three-points for the Socceroos as they took a step closer to qualify for what would be their fourth World Cup appearance.
Australia 3 (Jedinak 40; Cahill 50; Ildar 70)
(Photo Source: Zimbio)