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AUSSIE’S WIN BIG AGAINST TAJIKISTAN, LIKELY TO QUALIFY

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Australia won big against less favored opposition, Tajikistan. Australia national team defeated them seven goals to nothing on Thursday.

This is the biggest win on record for the socceroos with Ange Postecoglou as head coach.

Australia would likely be among the favored 12 to qualify to the next round in Asia. The rest include Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand, Iraq, Iran, Uzbekistan, Qatar, North Korea, Syria and UAE with one match day for this round of qualifiers.

Australia scored first in the second minute of the game with Massimo Luongo. The early goal rattled Tajikistan players who were clearly over-respecting the Australian team. Not too long, in the 13th minute, the referee blew against Tajikistan for a penalty spot kick. Mile Jedinak slotted home the goal for a 2-0 lead for the socceroos.

This score line remained with Tajikistan fighting hard through the rest of the first half.

As the second half resumed, in the 57th minute, Mark Milligan scored yet another penalty for Australia taking the total tally to 3-0 against Tajikistan. As the game progressed, Nathan Burns and Tomas Rogic both scored braces to take the total count past Tajikistan to seven.

Despite the win from Harry Redknapp managed Jordan, Australia maintain their lead in Group B. Jordan defeated Bangladesh eight goals to nothing. However, Australia still maintains a two-point lead over them.

The game against Bangladesh was the debut match for interim coach, Harry Redknapp. Before half time, Jordan was three goals up with the help of a hat-trick from Hamza Al Dardour. After the break, five goals from different players sealed the game off for Jordan. Abdallah Deeb, Yousef Al Rawashdeh, Baha Faisal, Yousef Al Naber and Ahmed Samir were on the scorer’s chart.

On Tuesday, Australia will face Jordan in a game that will decide the group. The crucial game will decide who goes on normally and who will wait to join as one of the top four group-stage runners-up.

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