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Australia Routs Iraq 1-0, Qualifies for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Australia Routs Iraq 1-0, Qualifies for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Australia VS Iraq

 

Unfortunately for Iraq, their opponent last Tuesday had a knack for making late, match-breaking goals.

 

Josh Kennedy from The Land Down Under kicked past goalkeeper Noor Sabri at the 83rd minute mark to defeat Iraq 1-0 and qualify Australia for its third consecutive World Cup.

 

Kennedy was a last-minute substitute for veteran Tim Cahill. This move courtesy of Coach Holger Osieck paid off, as the 30-year-old striker teamed up with Mark Bresciano to make that winning goal.

 

It’s a surprising result, considering how the Australians fared against the Iraqis throughout the game. Mark Schwarzer struggled to contain the young and energetic lineup of Iraq; conversely, Brett Holman and Robbie Kruse had a hard time getting past their opponent’s defense. There was also the bad weather hampering the performance of both teams. Australia also fared badly in the Asian qualifying rounds, with only one out of their first six matches won.

 

Luckily, the psychological boost provided by the home court and the 80,000-strong fans, combined with the experience of the Socceroos, ensured that Australia will see Brazil this year.

 

“I’m proud of everybody,” said captain Lucas Neill. “It’s been a really tough campaign. We’ve stuck at it, showed mental strength. Sorry, it wasn’t pretty. But we’ve beaten what was in front of us and pushed ourselves on to a very exciting tournament.”

 

Australia now ranks second in their AFC group behind Japan.

 

 

Photo Source: Zimbio

 

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