Socceroos’ Russia campaign back on track

The Socceroos’ Russia World Cup campaign is back on track after a 3-0 trashing of Kyrgyzstan in Canberra on Thursday.

The victory puts Australia back to within a point of group leaders Jordan ahead of their trip to Bangladesh.

It took Australia 39 minutes to break down a gutsy Kyrgyzstan outfit and get points on the board.


Nathan Burns, on as a substitute for the injured Tomi Juric, won a penalty, which was converted by Mile Jedinak.

Then came a goal from Tim Cahill, and an own goal Kyrgyzstan forward Ildar Amirov in the second-half.

Despite dominating in both possession Australia were often dispossessed by Kyrgyzstan, who turned up to defend in the desperate hope a shock upset might keep their World Cup dream going.

The Socceroos are expected to take on Bangladesh next Tuesday.