Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Australia vs Jordan

Australia will look to jump back into second place in Group B of the AFC World Cup qualifiers when it takes on Jordan on Tuesday.
The Socceroos currently have seven points in six matches but sit in third place in the group. The top two teams in the group book automatic spots in Brazil's World Cup finals next summer. The third place team takes on the Group A third place squad for a chance to compete with the CONMEBOL's fifth place squad in a two-legged matchup. The winner of that contest heads to Brazil.
I think the situation is clear. We have to concentrate on this game most importantly," said Tim Cahill. "Jordan are a very good team, we had a very difficult game against them away, but I feel the game we had in Japan really sets us up well.
He added, "It's the performance that a lot of people are looking towards, the strength at the back and the compactness in the middle, and obviously tactically sticking to our game plan. At times it's difficult to attack, but when you're playing away in front of 62,000 people you can't be free and open and vulnerable to goals. But overall if we put our all into this Jordan game I'm quietly confident we can do the job because it's in our hands and hopefully we can do it.
Australia only has one loss thus far; however the team has lost points thanks to its four draws. The lone defeat was a 2-1 loss against Jordan back on September 11, 2012.
"We've been unlucky at times, we've played poorly at times, we've played well at times and not got results," noted midfielder Matt McKay. "To say we've only lost one game in this group, and that was a difficult trip away to Jordan, where we really would have liked to get something. So a culmination of factors (mean) we're still there."
Jordan sits in fourth place with seven points. The team has won twice but has also lost three games.

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