Brazil Within Reach Of Socceroos

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Tommy Oar scored for Australia against Japan last week. Picture: Adam Pretty/Getty Images
Following a strong performance last week that saw them secure a crucial point in Japan, Australia  can move within touching distance of a berth at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by beating Jordan  in Melbourne on Tuesday night. With two games left in qualifying the Socceroos fate is in their own hands, with victories over Jordan and Iraq this month enough for them to qualify for the global showpiece.

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak could return for the Socceroos on Tuesday night after recovering from an ankle injury that kept him out of the side’s 1-1  draw with Japan a week ago. Jedinak has been an integral part of Australia’s qualifying campaign and had started the past two matches before picking up his injury. Should Holger Osieck elect to recall the midfielder, Melbourne Victory star Mark Milligan would be the man most likely to make way despite a solid performance in Saitama. 21 year-old Tommy Oar will continue on the left after putting his side in front against Japan seven days ago.

Jordan is locked alongside Australia on seven points from six matches during this stage of qualifying but hasn’t played a competitive match since scoring a 2-1  home win over Japan in March. They did beat a New Zealand ‘A’ side 1-0 in Auckland last week however, and broke a five game losing streak away from home in the process.

When the sides met in Amman last September, the host nation prevailed 2-1 thanks to goals from Hassan Mahmoud and Amer Khalil, while Archie Thompson was on the scoresheet for the Socceroos. The Socceroos could manage only a draw  in its past two home qualifiers, but thumped Saudi Arabia 4-2  and Oman 3-0  in the two most recent matches down under before that and will be confident of a similar margin of victory against a team that has lost its past four World Cup qualifiers on the road.

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