Canberra - Tim Cahill scored his 42nd international goal as
Australia turned on the sparkle to fuel their World Cup qualifying hopes with a
3-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra on Thursday.
The Shanghai Shenhua-based Cahill scored the second goal for
Australia just after half-time following a 40th-minute penalty by skipper Mile
Jedinak and finished off by a 69th-minute own goal from defender Ildar Amirov.
The Australians moved to within one point of inactive
leaders Jordan in Group B and face Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The Socceroos turned on the razzle-dazzle with their
midfield of Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo and substitute Tom Rogic dictating the
play and setting up many scoring chances.
"We had a game plan and the boys stuck to it and maybe
it could have been a little bit more at the end, but we take the victory and
the three points most importantly," Jedinak said.
"Our plan was to keep them under pressure, stay on
them, don't sit back, stay on the front foot and we did that really, almost
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Talisman Cahill went close early and struck the woodwork
with a volley in the 15th minute.
Kyrgyzstan's Viktor Maier appealed to the referee for a
penalty when Preston North End defender Bailey Wright put his arm across his
chest in a tussle for the ball, but it was turned down in their only major
scoring chance of the first half.
Mark Milligan missed an open goal after goalkeeper Pavel
Matiash beat out Nathan Burns fierce shot.
But Burns, who came off the bench for injured Tomi Juric
(groin) in the 29th minute, was brought down on the edge of the Kyrgyz area
Crystal Palace's Jedinak fired home the penalty to put
Australia a goal up after 40 minutes and they had the Kyrgyzs under pressure
for the remaining minutes to halftime.
The Socceroos jumped out of the blocks in the second half
when Mooy putting Cahill clear and the former English Premier League star
finished clinically across goalkeeper Matiash into the far corner.
The contest was over for Kyrgyzstan when defender Ildar
headed into his own net off a Mooy corner to put the home side three up with 20
The Socceroos could have scored more, Cahill was twice
denied in the final minutes and goalkeeper Matiash made a couple of instinctive
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