A win and a stack of goals is what the Caltex Socceroos will be chasing against Thailand in Tuesday night’s massive FIFA World Cup qualifier in Melbourne.
The good news for fans is Australia have a good record when it comes to registering big wins…especially on home soil.
We look back at five recent matches where the Caltex Socceroos have scored plenty of goals.
Caltex Socceroos 7-0 Tajikistan
March 24, 2016 at Adelaide Oval
In front of more than 35,000 fans in Adelaide, Australia made light work of the Tajiks, going in front inside three minutes through Massimo Luongo.
Debutant Apostolos Giannou had a dream debut, contributing four assists as the hosts ran riot.
Substitute Tom Rogic and Nathan Burns both got doubles, while skipper Mile Jedinak and Mark Milligan scored from the spot.
Caltex Socceroos 5-1 Jordan 1
March 29, 2016 at Allianz Stadium
Needing only a point to confirm their spot in the next stage of qualifying, Ange Postecoglou’s troops were in ruthless mood against the Harry Redknapp-coached visitors.
Tim Cahill scored his 46 th and 47 th international goals in the first half as Australia led 3-0 at the break, with Robbie Kruse setting up all the goals.
Rogic and Luongo put the icing on the cake after the break to cap another emphatic display in the Harbour City.
Caltex Socceroos 4-1 Kuwait
January 9, 2015 at AAMI Park
In the opening match of 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Australia fell behind inside the opening 10 minutes before taking control.
Youngster Massimo Luongo was the catalyst, edging the Caltex Socceroos in front before the break after Cahill got the 33 rd minute equaliser.
It was one-way traffic in the second half and two more goals came, first through a Jedinak spot-kick before Troisi iced the result in the final minute.
Caltex Socceroos 4-0 Oman
January 13, 2015 at Allianz Stadium
Four days later in Sydney and Australia scored another four goals in a clinical performance against the Omani’s.
Matt McKay got the opener before man-of-the-match Robbie Kruse doubled the lead and Milligan added a third before the break.
Juric scored a fourth in the second half as the Caltex Socceroos booked their spot in the last eight of the Asian Cup with ease.
Caltex Socceroos 4-0 Jordan
June 11, 2013 at Etihad Stadium
Needing two wins from their final two qualifiers to reach Brazil, Mark Bresciano eased nerves with a 15 th -minute opener.
Robbie Kruse had two assists and scored one himself, while skipper Lucas Neill rounded out the result with his first international goal.
A dominant display and plenty of goals in front of almost 45,000 fans in Melbourne.
Let’s hope for something similar on Tuesday night.
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