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.
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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.