Brazil scored three goals in each half for a comprehensive victory.
Australia took the lead through Jamie MacLaren but failed to win for the third consecutive match.
El Salvador secured a historic win, the first ever for their country in an 11-a-side FIFA tournament.
Australia played well for the majority of the game, but Carlos Restrep’s helter-skelter changes at 1-0 down helped his side draw level.
Even without the context of a war-torn nation, Iraq would be hugely difficult to summarise – not only have they experienced great turmoil with their coaches, with Vladimir Petkovic seemingly on the cusp of the sack for failing to secure to qualification only months after Zico was fired, but they’ve also lost their two most […]
Neither Australia nor Jordan have played particularly revolutionary football during this World Cup qualification campaign.
Australia’s task for qualifying for the World Cup was effectively about how they could perform against two different types of opponents.
This is the sixth time Australia has played Japan since that famous first clash in Kaiserslautern at the 2006 World Cup, but never has there been such a disparity in their fortunes.
Mile Jedinak has firmly established himself as the heartbeat of Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace
It always feels particularly difficult to provide an overview of a young goalkeeper when you consider the occupational hazards of the position. No other player touches the ball less frequently – no other position is judged as decisively on the basis of one single action. Just as one magnificent save can be enough to exaggerate […]