While the Socceroos are using the current international break to spend some extended time on the training ground, many of January's Asian Cup participants have been in action. Here's a wrap of some of the results as teams finalise their preparation ahead of the tournament on home shores.
The Socceroos' opponents on Tuesday night, Japan, warmed up for the clash in Osaka with a convincing 6-0 win over Honduras.
The hosts jumped to a 3-0 lead at the break in Toyota courtesy of goals from stars Maya Yoshida, Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endo.
The Blue Samurai doubled their advantage in the second stanza with Takashi Inui bagging a double and fellow substitute Yohei Toyoda also getting his name on the scoresheet in an ominous warning for Ange Postecoglou's side.
China was at home to New Zealand where the sides played out a 1-1 result following a late equaliser from the All Whites.
Wu Lei gave China the lead with a superb half-volley from distance just before the interval but Leicester City striker Chris Wood was able to head home with three minutes remaining to square the ledger.
Former Johnny Warren medalist Marco Rojas and Phoenix striker Michael McGlinchey were both influential throughout as the teams settled for a deserved draw in the closing stages at Nanchang Bayi Stadium.
The Korea Republic, one of the Socceroos Group A opponents in the Asian Cup, recorded an impressive 1-0 away win against Jordan.
Han Kyo-won scored the decisive goal for Uli Stielike's side, who'll next take on Iran in Tehran to complete their preparations for the 16th edition of Asia's continental Cup.
Elsewhere, 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations hosts Saudi Arabia and Qatar played out a 1-1 result and Bahrain and Yemen ended in a goalless draw on the opening night of competition.
Title holders UAE and Oman also settled for a stalemate in their tournament opener, while Kuwait, whom the Socceroos will play in the Asian Cup opener, scored an injury-time winner to down Iraq.
The Socceroos will be looking to win their first AFC Asian Cup when Asia’s biggest football tournament heads to Australia in January 2015.
32 matches over 23 days will be played in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle with the Socceroos kicking off the tournament against Kuwait in Melbourne on January 9.
Socceroos tickets start from $49 for adults and $24.50 for children. All other group matches start from just $15 for adults and $5 for children.
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