Socceroo Internationals for 2017

Written by Thomas Esamie. For more details see credits.


Another Draw to Australia's collection in this round and on balance a just result. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 23 Venue : PAS Stadium, Tehran, Iran
Iraq
Mohammed Hameed, Ahmed Ibrahim, Ali Bahjat Fadhil (Ahmed Yaseen Gheni 56), Ali Adnan Kadhim, Mohanad Abdulraheem Karrar, Amjed Kalaf Al-Muntafik (Amjed Attwan Kadhim 46), Dhurgham Ismael, Alaa Ali Mhawi, Mahdi Kamil Shiltagh (Hammadi Ahmed Abdullah 74), Saad Abdulameer Al-Dobjahawe, Rebin Ghareeb Solaka
Goal : Ahmad Yaseem 76
1 - 1 Australia
Mitchell Langerak, Milos Degenek, Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie, Bailey Wright, Tomislav Juric (Tim Cahill 72), Robbie Kruse (Brad Smith 62), Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine (James Troisi 82)
Goal : Leckie 40
Referee : Kim Jong Hyeok (Korea Republic)
Linesmen : Yoon Kwang Yeol (Korea Republic), Kim Young Ha (Korea Republic)
Attendance : 3270
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Radhi Swadi Shenaishil (Iraq)
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Still undefeated but with 4 draws from 6 games Australia were in danger of losing touch with the leading pair of Saudi Arabia and Japan. As it turned out the Socceroos prevailed on an improved but not dominating display to keep in touch for the automatic qualification spots and this result also signaled the last for the UAE coach as he resigned after the game. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 28 Venue : Sydney Football Stadium
Australia
Mathew Ryan, Milos Degenek, Brad Smith, Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie, Bailey Wright, Tomislav Juric (Tim Cahill 71), James Troisi, Mile Jedinak (Mustafa Amini 89), Trent Sainsbury, Jackson Irvine (Robbie Kruse 81)
Goals : Irvine 7, Leckie 78
2 - 0 United Arab Emirates
Ali Khaseif, Walid Abbas (Ismaeil Matar 79), Tariq Ahmed (Mohamed Abdulrahman 37), Mohnad Salem, Ali Ahmed Mabkhout, Ahmed Barman, Ahmed Khalil (Khamis Esmaeel 55), Abdelaziz Sanqour, Ismail Al Hammadi, Ismail Ahmed, Omar Abdulrahman
Referee : Ahmed Abu Bakar Al Kaf (Oman)
Linesmen : Hamed Sulaiman Al Mayahi (Oman), Abu Bakar Al-Amri (Oman)
Attendance : 27328
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Mahdi Ali Hassan (UAE)
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Australia had to win the macth 3 times before the result stuck in what was a disjointed start after being gifted a goalscoring opportunity early before a more assured, if not reassuring, second half. With this result Australia is equal on points with Saudi Arabia and Japan but with Japan a game in hand and the Saudi's a slightly better goal difference. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : June 8 Venue : Adelaide Oval
Australia
Mat Ryan, Milos Degenek, Brad Smith (Aziz Behich 46), Mathew Leckie, Tomi Juric (Massimo Luongo 85), Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Ryan McGowan, Trent Sainsbury, Jackson Irvine (Robbie Kruse 63), Tomas Rogic
Goals : Juric 7, 36, Rogic 64
3 - 2 Saudi Arabia
Yasser Al-Mosailem, Osama Hawsawi, Abdullah Al Dossary, Omar Ibraim Othman, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Salman Al Faraj, Yahia Al Shehri (Abdulafttah Asiri 82), Mohammed Al Sahlawi, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri (Abdullah Ateef 69), Taiseer Al Jassam, Salem Al Dawsari (Salman Muwashar 82)
Goals : Al Dawsari 23, Al Sahlawi 45
Referee : Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Linesmen : Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan), Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Attendance : 29875
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Bert van Marwijk (Saudi Arabia)
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The "Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour" is a neat way to package and corporatise a series of Friendlies Brazil has undertaken across the globe and this is another of those. Four days prior Brazil played out a 1-0 loss to Argentina at the same venue. This was a Friendly match.
Played : June 13 Venue : Melbourne Cricket Ground
Australia
Mitchell Langerak, Milos Degenek, Tim Cahill (Jamie MacLaren 57), Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie (Ajdin Hrustic 57), Bailey Wright (Dylan McGowan 78), Robbie Kruse, James Troisi (Tomas Rogic 79), Aziz Behich, Trent Sainsbury (Jackson Irvine 57), Massimo Luongo (Aaron Mooy 78)
0 - 4 Brazil
Diego Alves Carreria, Thiago Emiliano Silva (Jemerson de Jesus Nascimento 78), Douglas Costa da Souza (Taison Barcellos Freda 59), Giuliano Victor de Paula (Rodrigo Eduardo Costa Marinho 78), Philippe Coutinho Correia (Willian Borges da Silva 71), David Luiz Moreira Marinho (Fernandinho Luiz Rosa 73), Jose Paulinho Bezerra Maciel Jr (Renato Soares de Oliveira Augusto 83), Alex Sandro Lobo Silva, Marcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza, Rodrigo Caio Coquette Russo, Diego de Souza Andrade
Goals : Diego Souza 1, 90 Thiago Silva 62, Taison 75
Referee : Mark Clattenburg (England)
Linesmen : Ian Hussin (England), Gary Beswick (England)
Attendance : 49874
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Adenor Leonardo Bacchi [Tite] (Brazil)
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Australia took part in the 2017 Confederations Cup tournament held in Russia before qualifying concluded. As regining Asian champions they took part alongside Chile, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia and Cameroon. This was a Confederations Cup Final match.
Played : June 19 Venue : Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Australia
Mat Ryan, Milos Degenek, Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie, Bailey Wright, Tomi Juric (Tim Cahill 87), Aaron Mooy, Aziz Behich, Trent Sainsbury, Massimo Luongo (Robbie Kruse 46), Tomas Rogic (James Troisi 71)
Goals : Rogic 41, Juric 56
2 - 3 Germany
Bernd Leno, Shkodran Mustafi, Jonas Hector, Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Sandro Wagner (Timo Werner 57), Lars Stindl (Emre Can 78), Antonio Ruediger, Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt (Niklas Suele 63), Sebastian Rudy
Goals : Stindl 5, Draxler 44pk, Goretzka 48
Referee : Mark Geiger (USA)
Linesmen : Joe Fletcher (Canada), Charles Morgante (USA)
Attendance : 28605
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Joachim Loew (Germany)
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With a decent result, if not showing, against a young experimental German side Australia managed to recover from a somewhat deflating goal just before the break to end up evens and left having to make something of the final match. This was a Confederations Cup Final match.
Played : June 22 Venue : Saint Petersburg Stadium
Australia
Mathew Ryan, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie, Bailey Wright, Tomi Juric (Tim Cahill 70), Robbie Kruse (James Troisi 65), Aaron Mooy, Trent Sainsbury, Tomas Rogic (Jackson Irvine 79)
Goal : Milligan 60pk
1 - 1 Cameroon
Fabrice Ondoa, Ernest Mabouka, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Adolphe Teikeu, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Benjamin Moukandjo (Karl Toko Ekambi 77), Vincent Aboubakar, Christian Bassogog, Sebastien Siani, Arnaud Sutchuin-Djoum, Collins Fai
Goal : Zambo Anguissa 45
Referee : Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
Linesmen : Milovan Ristic (Serbia), Dalibor Djurdevic (Serbia)
Attendance : 35021
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Hugo Broos (Cameroon)
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Australia needed to win this match by 2 goals to advance to the Semi-finals ahead of Chile. Though playing their best match of the tournament and threatening to reach their target Australia ultimately feel short in what was Tim Cahill's 100th appearance for Australia. Only Mark Schwarzer has represented his country more often. This was a Confederations Cup Final match.
Played : June 25 Venue : Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Australia
Mathew Ryan, Tim Cahill (Mathew Leckie 57), Mark Milligan, Tomi Juric (Jamie MacLaren 62), Robbie Kruse, James Troisi, Aziz Behich, Ryan McGowan, Trent Sainsbury (Bailey Wright 72), Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine
Goal : Troisi 42
1 - 1 Chile
Claudio Bravo, Eugenio Mena, Mauricio Isla, Francisco Silva, Jose Fuenzalida (Martin Rodriguez 46), Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, Eduardo Vargas (Marcelo Diaz 82), Paulo Diaz, Gonzalo Jara, Charles Aranguiz (Pablo Hernandez 46)
Goal : Rodriguez 67
Referee : Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Linesmen : Elenito di Liberatore (Italy), Mauro Tonolino (Italy)
Attendance : 33639
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Juan Antonio Pizzi (Chile)
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This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : August 31 Venue : Saitama Stadium
Japan
Eiji Kawashima, Ideguchi Yosuke, Shoji Gen, Yuto Nagatomo, Takashi Inui (Genki Haraguchi 76), Yuya Osako (Shinji Okazaki 86), Hotaru Yamaguchi, Makoto Hasebe, Asano Takuma (Yuya Kubo 89), Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida
Goals : Asano 41, Ideguchi 82
2 - 0 Australia
Mathew Ryan, Brad SMith, Mark Milligan, Matthew Spiranovic, Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse, James Troisi (Tomi Juric 61), Trent Sainsbury, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine (Mustafa Amini 86), Tomas Rogic (Tim Cahill 70)
Referee : Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Linesmen : Reza Sokhandan (Iran), Mohammad Reza Mansouri (Iran)
Attendance : 59492
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Vahid Halilhodzic (Japan)
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Australia, despite the win, placed 3rd in the group with this result thanks to a 1-0 win to Saudi Arabia at home to Japan in the other final round match. As a result the qualification path continues with another two games against Syria, the 3rd placed side in the other group and then an as yet unknown CONCACAF side if Syria can be defeated over two legs. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : September 5 Venue : Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Australia
Mathew Ryan, Milos Degenek, Tim Cahill (Robbie Kruse 57), Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie, Bailey Wright (Jamie Maclaren 71), Tomi Juric, Aaron Mooy, Alex Gersbach (James Troisi 67), Trent Sainsbury, Tomas Rogic
Goals : Juric 69, Leckie 86
2 - 1 Thailand
Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Perapat Notechaiya, Theerathon Bunmathan, Adison Promrak, Tristan Do (Mongkol Thosakrai 90), Sanrawat Dechmitr (Sirod Chatthong 73), Chanathip Songkrasin (Nurul Sriyankem 79), Pokklaw Anan, Chalermpong Kerdkaew, Teerasil Dangda, Pansa Hemviboon
Goal : Anan 82
Referee : Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)
Linesmen : Chow Chun Kit (Hong Kong), Cheng Oi Cho (Hong Kong)
Attendance : 26393
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Milovan Radjevac (Thailand)
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Syria, whose home match advantage was not as great as it might be given the turmoil the country is in, played well in parts but were largely dominated by Australia earlier in the match but slowly got more involved and despite falling behind continued to press on and got an equaliser from a penalty that probably should not have been given but Australia should, much like in the last game against Thailand, have made that academic. On to Sydney to decide who will progress the 4th placed team in Concacaf for the last spot in the World Cup. Currently that's Panama, but it could still be the USA or Honduras as well. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : October 5 Venue : Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia
Syria
Ibrahim Almeh, Hadi Al Masri, Mouaiad Al Ajjan, Omar Kharbin (Mardik Mardikian 80), Mahmoud Al Maowas (Firas Al Khatib 76), Omar Al Soma, Yousef Kalfa (Oday Al Jafal 46), Tamer Haj Mohamad, Zahir Al Medani, Khaled Al Mbayed, Fahd Youssef
Goal : Al Soma 85pk
1 - 1 Australia
Mathew Ryan, Milos Degenek, Mark Milligan, Matthew Jurman, Mathew Leckie, Tomi Juric (Tomas Rogic 83), Robbie Kruse (Massimo Luongo 70), Aaron Mooy, Aziz Behich, Josh Risdon (Nikita Rukavytsya 63), Trent Sainsbury
Goal : Kruse 40
Referee : Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Linesmen : Reza Sokhandan (Iran), Mohammad Reza Mansouri (Iran)
Attendance : 2150
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Ayman Alkheem (Syria)
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Australia made hard work of the win, the Syrians giving it their all which made for an at times heated clash and were it not for the evergreen Tim Cahill's two goals Australia might have met the same fate as the USA only a few hours later. As it was a late free kick to Syria came off the post when it could so easily have gone in and sent Syria through on the away goals rule. Something Australia is very familiar with. To be fair Australia also had many chances to settle the game. In the end Australia won through to play, as it turns out, Honduras on November 6 and 14 (second leg at home) This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : October 10 Venue : Sydney Olympic Stadium
Australia
Mathew Ryan, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith (Aaron Mooy 11), Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse, James Troisi (Nikita Rukavytsya 73), Tim Cahill, Tomas Rogic (Tomi Juric 96)
Goals : Cahill 13, 109
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Syria
Ibrahim Alma, Mouaiad Al Ajjan, Jehad Al Baour, Mahmoud Al Mawas (sent off 94), Omar Al Soma, Ouday Abduljaffal (Firas Mohamad Al Khatib 61), Tamer Hag Mohamad, Hamid Mido (Esraa Al Hamwiah 75), Mohamad Zaher Almedani, Mardek Mardkian (Osama Omari 91), Fahad Youssef
Goal : Al Soma 6
Referee : Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) (Tantashev Ilgiz (Uzbekistan) 90)
Linesmen : Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan), Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Attendance : 42136
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Ayman Alkheem (Syria)
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This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : November 9 Venue :
Honduras

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Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), (Honduras)
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This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : November 15 Venue : Sydney Olympic Stadium
Australia

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x - x Honduras

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Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), (Honduras)
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