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Australia take big step towards 2012 London Olympic qualification

Australia have one foot in the third round of the 2012 London Olympics Asian qualifiers after beating Yemen 3-0 on Sunday. Striker Jason Hoffman scored twice and midfielder Mitch Nichols got the other as the Socceroos eased into the second leg in Newcastle.

"It could have been more to be honest. We missed some really easy chances and their goalkeeper made some outstanding saves as well," said team coach Aurelio Vidmar.

"We're pleased with that and now we'll hopefully go to Newcastle and finish it off."

Thursday's return match has been moved from Yemen to Australia due to security concerns in the Middle Eastern country following mass protests and unrest against the ruling regime.

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