Australia
5
World Cup Qualifiers
(Tue 29 Mar 2016, 08.00PM LOCAL)
FINAL
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Attendance: 24975
Jordan
1

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Preview: Caltex Socceroos v Jordan

Group B's final game and it's a blockbuster. The prize for the winner is top spot and automatic progression to the next phase of FIFA World Cup qualification.

The qualification scenario is thus: winners of the eight AFC groups progress along with the four best runners-up.

Jordan are in second on 16 points while leading Group B are the Caltex Socceroos on 18 points. 

Who'll start for the Caltex Socceroos versus Jordan?

Put simply: both sides are desperate to win - though a draw will see Australia progress.

Aside from that, revenge is very much on the Green and Gold's mind. 

In the reverse fixture last October in front of a raucous, deafening Jordanian crowd, the home side taught a young and relatively inexperienced Aussie team a lesson in a 2-0 win in Amman.

Oh, and did we mention Harry Redknapp? 

The former Spurs, QPR and Portsmouth favourite is now coaching the Jordanians at the request of president of the Jordan FA, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.

‘Arry’s in charge for the final two group games. He's started with an easy win on Thursday but the toughest challenge awaits Tuesday night. 

He'll be a national hero if he can help Al Nashama progress as group winners (or as one of the four best second placed nations). 

Put it all together and it adds up to one heck of a night at Allianz, and a thrilling climax to this stage of FIFA Russia World Cup 2018™ qualifying.

Confidence won’t be a problem for either nation after massive wins in their respective matches last Thursday night.

Just hours after the Socceroos rolled Tajikistan 7-0 in Adelaide, Jordan went one better putting eight unanswered goals past lowly Bangladesh.

You can be sure things will be much tighter in this one (though last time Jordan played in Australia, they were easily beaten 4-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifying back in 2013). 

For Australia, they’ll look to continue where they left off against the Tajiks.

The passing was slick, the movement superb while the defensive pressure and pressing suffocated their opponents - albeit very weak opponents.

Superstar Tim Cahill didn’t play any minutes at Adelaide Oval and you get the feeling that decision was with one eye on this clash, with Australia’s greatest-ever scorer likely to take the place of debutant Apostolos Giannou up front.

The brilliant Tom Rogic from Celtic – who scored twice off the bench in Adelaide - could start though there's doubt over captain and holding midfielder Mile Jedinak, which would be a big blow in such a big game.

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Redknapp, who despite talking up all-out attack in the build-up, is likely to sit deep and try and hit the home side on the counter attack.

If Jordan can stay compact and disciplined, disrupt the flow against an Aussie team that will press relentlessly and force errors, they may have a chance.

It’s a tactic that worked so well in Amman last year, with speedy striker Hamza Al-Dardour causing the Aussie defence all sorts of problems as they exposed Australia's formation that featured only one holding midfielder. 

Hamza scored a first-half hat-trick against the Bengal Tigers on Thursday and will again be key if Jordan is to pull off a shock here.

He’s not the only threat with Abdallah Deeb and Baha Faisal also ones to watch while keeper and captain Amer Shafi is a big presence. 

While Jordan won the last clash between these two, that was in a hostile environment at the King Abdullah International Stadium.

It will be a much different scenario on Tuesday with a sea of green and gold on hand to will the Socceroos to take another huge step on the road to Russia 2018.

It's not quite Uruguay 2005. But what a fascinating game in prospect. 

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Caltex Socceroos thrash Redknapp's Jordan

The Caltex Socceroos have booked their spot in the next stage of World Cup qualifying in emphatic fashion, crushing Harry Redknapp’s Jordan 5-1 on Tuesday night in Sydney.

A Tim Cahill brace either side of an Aaron Mooy goal had the result sewn up by half-time as the Socceroos raced to a 3-0 lead in front of almost 25,000 fans in Sydney.

And there was no let-up after the break with Tom Rogic and substitute Massimo Luongo getting in on the act to complete a superb display by the green and gold, soured only by Abdallah Deeb’s late strike.

The result not only ensures top spot in the group and progression to the next stage of qualifying but gives the Aussies some revenge for the 2-0 loss in Amman in October.

Robbie Kruse led the way for the home side with three assists in the first half, while Cahill’s double takes his international tally to 47 goals from 89 caps.

Kruse was on the end of a horror tackle by Yousef Ahmed Mohammad in the second half - which should have been punished with a straight red card – with the Bayer Leverkusen attacker forced off soon after with a possible knee injury.

Ange Postecoglou made five changes to the team that swept aside Tajikistan last week, with Cahill, Rogic, Kruse and Josh Risdon all in, while Mark Milligan got a start with skipper Mile Jedinak failing in his fitness battle.

And the Socceroos controlled the game in the first 15 minutes, with the exciting, attacking contingent of Aaron Mooy, Rogic, Kruse and Mathew Leckie seeing plenty of the ball.

But the stubborn Jordan rearguard was proven hard to break down, with clear chances hard to come by on the poor Allianz Stadium surface.

Rogic went closest on 17 minutes when, given a tad too much space on the edge of the box, he hit a low shot for the corner which keeper Amer Shafi did well to tip around the post.

It was a sign of things to come. And just seven minutes later the home side had their opening goal.

Risdon and Mooy were both involved with the latter finding Kruse on the right and he drove to the byline before his cross gave Cahill an easy tap in.

The trademark celebration with the corner flag followed as the Socceroos took a giant stride towards the next stage of qualifiers.

Jordan were visibly tiring nearing the break and the Aussies sensed a second goal could kill off the contest.

Mooy delivered it six minutes before half-time. Again Kruse was the architect, picking up possession just inside Jordan’s half and releasing Mooy clean through on goal with the Melbourne City man making no mistake.

It got better for Postecoglou’s side just before the break as a trademark Cahill header – from Kruse’s excellent centre – made it 3-0.

Jordan’s confidence was sapped and Rogic stuck another dagger in eight minutes into the second half.

After Cahill’s initial effort was blocked, the Celtic playmaker swooped on the loose ball, taking it around one defender before poking it past a helpless Shafi.

Leckie and Mooy were given an early rest, replaced by Chris Ikonomidis and Luongo and the two subs combined for Australia’s fifth.

Brad Smith’s quick throw found Ikonomidis free and his centre went right across the face of goal where Luongo was arriving to smash home from close range.

It could have got a whole lot uglier for Jordan last one as Rogic, Trent Sainsbury and Cahill all failed to capitalise on excellent opportunities.

Deeb got a consolation for the visitors in the last minute but it was of little consequence, with the Socceroos to await their opponents in the next stage at the draw in mid-April.

Caltex Socceroos 5 (Cahill 24’, 44’ Mooy 39’, Rogic 53’, Luongo 69’)

Jordan 1 (Deeb 90’)

Crowd: 24,975 @Allianz Stadium