Socceroos Capable Of Upset Win

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Socceroo Robbie Kruse will make his long awaited return from injury. Image courtesy of sportal.com.au

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Belgium v Australia



Stade de Sclessin, Belgium
Friday September 5 – 4:45 AM (AEST)


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The Socceroos are away to Belgium  on Friday morning (AEST) to tackle this year's World Cup quarter-finalists.

The match in Liege will be the first competitive run for the Socceroos since their failed, yet spirited, World Cup campaign in Brazil. Ange Postecoglou will demand the best from his squad in preparation for next year’s Asian Cup, a competition they host for the first time. 

Making his long awaited return from an ACL injury on Friday will be Robbie Kruse, the former Brisbane Roar midfielder who now plays his football in Germany for Bayer Leverkusen. Postecoglou is expected to field a full strength squad at the Stade de Sclessin, with the only Sydney FC’s Terry Antonis to miss the clash.

Currently ranked fifth in the world, Belgium enjoyed a relatively positive World Cup, making it to the quarter-finals before being eliminated by eventual runners-up Argentina. English Premier League stars Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku were disappointing in Brazil, and they’ll both miss Friday’s game despite not carrying any injuries. In a bizarre twist, coach Marc Wilmots has done what has surely never been done before – calling up both of their younger brothers. Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard will fill the void left by his sibling, as will K.V Oostende’s Jordan Lukaku.

Belgium enter Friday’s match as clear-cut favourites, but the Socceroos will be no ‘easy beats’. Australia possess quality in Kruse, Jedinak and Cahill, and with Belgium’s big guns not available, the Socceroos are capable of shocking the hosts.

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