Socceroos Still A Work In Progress

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Australia v Japan

Yanmar Stadium, Osaka, Japan

  Tuesday November 18 – 8:00 PM (AEST)

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Australia and Japan clash at Yanmar Stadium in Osaka in what is a key hit out for the Socceroos ahead of next year's Asian Cup.

With coach Ange Postecoglou still tinkering with his line-up, and key front-man Tim Cahill battling a hip injury, the Aussies are at long odds to topple the hosts. This is the final dress rehearsal for the Asian Cup and a chance for borderline candidates to further push their case for selection.

Japan are seen as the main dangers to hosts Australia in the 2015 Asian Cup, and head into this match after a 6-0 hiding of Honduras last week. On the other hand, the Australians last appearance was in mid-October when beaten 1-0 by Qatar at the Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha. That followed a goalless  draw with the United Arib Emirates.

Postecoglou is desperate to find a productive midfield to service a skillful forward line, which must find goals from players other than Cahill. A fit Robbie Kruse will help, while Mathew Leckie and James Troisi need to find their radar. The coach would also like a tighter defensive unit which doesn't leak soft goals. 


Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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