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World Cup Qualifiers
(Tue 17 Nov 2015, 05.30PM LOCAL)
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Venue: Bangabandhu National Stadium
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Preview: Socceroos v Bangladesh

The arduous task of travelling to - and playing in - Dhaka is the big challenge for the Socceroos, who know three points will put the pressure back on Group B leaders Jordan.

After the Socceroos' easy win over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra last Thursday, Jordan (who didn't play) sit just one point ahead of the Socceroos in top spot, in large part due to their stunning 2-0 win over Australia in Amman last month.

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With the group leaders playing on Tuesday – away to Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek, a more difficult opponent than Bangladesh – the Socceroos would love to end the year back on top of their group by winning in Dhaka. 

So there’s a huge carrot to do the business over the group’s bottom side at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. A win for the Green and Gold would put the pressure back on the Jordanians - who they meet in Australia early next year for what is likely to be a showdown for top spot.

For their part, Bangladesh are coming off a 5-0 loss to Tajikistan in Dushanbe last Thursday, so it’s all about pride for them. One point from six games has given the Bangladesh outfit a good benchmark for where they are in the grand scheme of things.  

But for Ange Postecoglou, more injury troubles, with central striker Tomi Juric out after picking up an injury against Kyrgyzstan on Thursday night.

J-League based winger Nathan Burns appears okay to be play after he was also withdrawn in Canberra last Thursday, but quad soreness has meant playmaker Tom Rogic is on his way back to Celtic.

For certain there’ll be some changes to the starting line-up with the experienced and indefatigable Matt McKay likely to slot back into midfield.

And there could be starting berths for James Troisi and Tommy Oar. Attack-minded defender Josh Risdon may also play some part in this match in what would be his debut. The trio were on the bench last Thursday as the Socceroos eased past Kyrgyzstan 3-0 (though it could've been much more). 

But Melbourne City's Aaron Mooy is a likely starter again. His form is simply irresistible at the moment. 

For the Socceroos, who are preparing in Singapore for this match after flying out from Sydney, getting in and getting out safely and with three points is the goal after all the security concerns around this game (which saw Cricket Australia pull out of their tour of Bangladesh recently).

It's another tricky night on the Road to Russia, but one you sense will end with another three points. 

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Cahill the hero as Socceroos win in Dhaka

A first half hat-trick to evergreen striker Tim Cahill has helped the Socceroos to crush Bangladesh 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier in Dhaka on Tuesday night.

Cahill completed his treble in a smashing first half from Australia, taking his international tally to an incredible 45 goals in just 88 caps.

Skipper Mile Jedinak also found the scoresheet in the opening 45 minutes before Ange Postecoglou’s side eased up somewhat with the three points secured.

For Cahill, it was the second time he has scored a hat-trick in the green and gold, coming 11 years after his other treble against Fiji at the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup.

In-form Hyundai A-League playmaker Aaron Mooy was again impressive, involved in three of the goals, while James Meredith, Matt McKay and Jedinak also had strong games.

The result takes the Socceroos to the top of the group, although Jordan could leapfrog them again if they beat Kyrgyzstan later on Wednesday morning (AEDT).

There were four changes from the team that eased past Kyrgyzstan last week, most notably a debut for Perth Glory youngster Josh Risdon at right-back.

Central defender Alex Wilkinson, midfielder McKay and livewire Nathan Burns were the other additions.

But it was two established stars that combined for the opening goal inside six minutes.

The Bangladesh defence inexplicably left Cahill unmarked from an Aaron Mooy free-kick and the 35-year-old had no trouble diverting his header past Sahidul Alam.

The Socceroos were doing it easily, though the long grass at the Bangabandhu National Stadium was slowing them down, making it hard to zip their passes around.

It was only going to be a matter of time though before the goals came and the Aussies added three more before the break in an 11-minute period.

First Cahill poked home from close range after a goalmouth scramble from Risdon’s cross before Mooy again teed him up for his hat-trick five minutes later.

The skipper then got in on the act two minutes before the break as he scored with a simple header to make it 4-0.

Tommy Oar and James Troisi were introduced at the break – for Mooy and Massimo Luongo – and there was no let up from the Socceroos as they continued to push for more goals.

Cahill almost had a fourth from a headed chance, while McKay saw his volley saved and Jedinak was denied a clever overhead kick goal by an acrobatic Alam save.

Despite their best efforts, there would be no more goals for the Australians as the intensity seeped out of the match late on.

The Socceroos now have just two qualifiers to come in this phase – both at home in March – against Tajikistan and a potentially defining fixture with Jordan.

Bangladesh 0

Australia 4  (Cahill 6’, 32’, 37’, Jedinak 43’)