A first half hat-trick from Tim Cahill has helped the Socceroos to a 4-0 World Cup qualifier win over Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Cahill scored three times inside 37 minutes while skipper Mile Jedinak also struck on Tuesday night.
The win sends Australia to the top of their qualifying group ahead of main rivals Jordan, who are two points behind and play Kyrgyzstan this morning.
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It was a dominant performance by Australia, who easily controlled possession despite struggling to move the ball around freely on the long-grassed surface.
At times Ange Postecoglou’s team were sloppy against their lower-ranked opponents – an off touch here, a wayward ball there.
After the match, Postecoglou admitted his players are fatigued after a taxing few days.
He’s cut his players some slack, acknowledging that the unusual build-up amid security concerns in Bangladesh took its toll on the playing group.