Road to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: The second step

Qualifying for the FIFA World Cup™ is never meant to be easy and the Socceroos face a tricky rout to get to Qatar 2022.

But Graham Arnold’s side have made a dream start to that quest by navigating through their opening four qualifiers with a perfect four wins out of four.

With four more matches to come – two in March and two in June 2020 – the Green and Gold have their GPS locked on the fastest route to the third round of qualifying.

Australia currently leads the way in the pool on 12 points, two points ahead of Kuwait and Jordan, with only one team guaranteed a place in the next stage as the runners-up hope they are among four best second-placed teams. 

That means the four coming fixtures in the first half of 2020 will be crucial in deciding the Socceroos’ fate on their quest to advance to their fifth straight FIFA World Cup™.

Here we review the second match so far on the road to Qatar.

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Relive the Socceroos' first home match in this phase of qualifying on October 10, 2019 as Arnold's side hosted Nepal at Canberra Stadium.

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 second round qualifying 

Australia v Kuwait
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Venue: HBF Park, Perth
Kick-off: 6.00pm local, 9.00pm AEDT

Nepal v Australia
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Venue: TBC

Australia v Chinese Taipei
Thursday, 4 June 2020
Venue: TBC

Australia v Jordan
Tuesday, 9 June 2020 
Venue: TBC

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