Australia make it three from three in World Cup qualifying

Australia tonight defeated Oman 3-0 to make it three wins from three World Cup qualifying matches.

The Socceroos took the lead inside the opening ten minutes at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium when Brett Holman grabbed his eighth international goal with a sliding finish from Matt McKay’s pass from the edge of the box.

With a one-goal advantage, the home side controlled proceedings with an assured performance without the likes of Tim Cahill, Mark Schwarzer, Brett Emerton and Harry Kewell and went further ahead in the 65th minute through Josh Kennedy.

The Nagoya Grampus star tucked home a rebound off Omani keeper Ali Al Habsi after he had saved Luke Wilkshire’s shot for his sixth goal in his last four Socceroos outings before Mile Jedinak wrapped up the contest with five minutes remaining with a well-taken attempt.

The win has Holger Osieck’s men flying high at the top of the Group D table, six points ahead of Thailand who host Saudi Arabia later on Tuesday, ahead of the November 11 return leg with Oman in Muscat.

 
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