Sport Socceroos hold on for 1-0 win over Jordan
Rogic returns as Socceroos face old rival
Celtic's Tom Rogic is set to make a welcome return to the Socceroos for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Asian nemesis Jordan.Rogic hasn't played for the Socceroos since January's Asian Cup campaign but Graham Arnold is expected to name him when he reveals his squad on Friday for the Group B match in Amman on November 14.
Australia have held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Jordan in their 2022 World Cup qualifier in Amman.
Adam Taggart's 13th-minute chipped finish was the difference between the sides at the King Abdullah Stadium on Thursday night.
Jordan started strongly, aggressively pressing the visitors, particularly down the left flank where central midfielder Jackson Irvine had been employed to make way for the the returning Tom Rogic in the middle.
Rogic, Boyle back for Socceroos but Leckie could miss Jordan clash
Mathew Leckie is awaiting the imminent arrival of his second child, which could see the Socceroos star miss next week's crucial World Cup qualifier.Coach Graham Arnold has named a 24-man squad for what looms as Australia's toughest assignment in this stage of qualification for Qatar 2022 - although they may well be down one player by the time the team assembles in Amman, with Mathew Leckie awaiting the imminent arrival of his second child.
Left-back Brad Smith, fresh from his MLS Cup victory with Seattle Sounders, struggled to combine with his out-of-position teammate.
When the defender bolted ahead to attack, centre-back Milos Degenek was left struggling to cover for both him and Irvine.
But Australia were the first to strike with Jackson Irvine setting up Taggart with a delicious through ball.
The Hull City man threaded a perfectly-weighted pass between the opposing centre backs and the Suwon Bluewings forward neatly finished past goalkeeper Amer Shafi in the Jordan goal.
The hosts had a 20th-minute penalty shout waved away when Yaseen Mahmoud Bakheet went down inside the box after being sandwiched between Smith and Degenek.
Irvine then fluffed a glorious chance to double the lead off Aaron Mooy's corner in the 29th minute when the ball rebounded into his feet just outside the six-yard box only for him to smash it over the bar.
Tight Socceroos clicking quickly: Grant
A tight-knit team culture has helped the Socceroos quickly develop devastating form in the World Cup qualifiers, right-back Rhyan Grant says.Australia have banked three straight wins leading into their away match with Jordan in Amman at 6pm on Thursday (3am AEDT on Friday).
After the break Jordan coach Vital Borkelmans brought on dangerous forward Mousa Mohammed Suleiman for midfielder Ahmed Sameer Saleh.
And the change nearly worked five minutes after the restart when Suleiman rifled a shot over the top left corner of Mat Ryan's goal from just inside the box.
Tariq Khattab then missed another golden opportunity when the unmarked defender headed wide from close range.
Socceroos manager Graham Arnold indicated his attacking intent by swapping Taggart for Mitchell Duke in the 70th minute and bringing on Martin Boyle for Awer Mabil on the right wing.
But 10 minutes from time Jordan went close again when Hamza Aldaradreh rose to meet Mousa's free-kick but Ryan athletically parried away his header.
The hosts continued to press for an equaliser, creating two good chances in the last 10 minutes, and they could have snatched a draw in extra time.
Aldaradreh rose to meet Yaseen Al-Bakhit's cross with only Ryan to beat, but he sent his header over and his teammates slumping to the ground.
The hard-fought win moved Australia to the top of Group B with 12 points while Jordan remain second with seven.
Takeaways from Australia's win over Jordan .
Australia have maintained their perfect 2022 World Cup qualifying record by holding on for a 1-0 win over Jordan in Amman.* THE SOCCEROOS ARE FAR FROM THE FINISHED PRODUCT
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