Wed September 12, 2012 5:17am
SUDDENLY Brazil in 2014 looks an awfully long way away. The Socceroos are in a World Cup dogfight after falling 2-1 to Jordan in Amman this morning.
Unsettled from the off by Jordan's tenacious approach, Australia conceded two second half goals to face an almighty fight for qualification, despite Archie Thompson's late consolation.
After three games Australia has just two points, the same as Oman and Iraq, while Jordan, the apparent minnows of the group, leap to second spot behind Japan.
With a dangerous trip to Qatar next month to face Iraq coming next, Holger Osieck's squad cannot afford to drop more points, especially as they still have to travel to Japan who were 1-0 winners against Iraq, overnight.
Players and coach had talked of keeping control of the game, playing it on their terms and strangling Jordan's attacks, but it was not how much of the game unfolded.
Had Tim Cahill taken a glorious opportunity in just the fourth minute, things would have looked very different, but the Red Bull could only sidefoot Robbie Kruse's astute cutback straight at the keeper.
Inspired by the let off, Jordan unleashed a barrage of running, harrying and driving forward at every opportunity.
Sasa Ogenovski had just 14 minutes of acton before succumbing to a hamstring strain, adding to the Socceroos sense of being under siege.
From wide on the leftwing, Odai Al Saify threw a deep cross in that had Mark Schwarzer scrambling for a tip over, then Shadi Abu Hashhash's flicked header flew a fractino wide.
It wasn't one-way traffic, Cahill having another header saved after Brett Holman set Alex Brosque away down the left for a cross to the back post.
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