The Socceroos have comprehensively disposed of Tajikistan 7-0 and move one step closer to qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Over 35,000 people in Adelaide Oval went home happy after watching the Socceroos return to South Australia for the first time since 2011.

It only took two minutes for debutant Apo Giannou to have an impact, setting up Massimo Luongo to open the scoring.

Ten minutes later Giannou was brought down by Tajik goalkeeper Alisher Tuychiev in the box, however he wasn’t red carded. Mile Jedinak had no trouble doubling the lead from the spot.

At the 56th minute Giannou was brought down in the box again by defender Davronjon Ergashev and this time it was Mark Milligan who converted the penalty to make it 3-0.

The Socceroos were ruthless and looked in full control as Tajikistan struggled to get it out of their own half.

Nathan Burns had a cluster of chances but couldn’t finish them until the 66th minute as he made it 4-0 with a flick from Aaron Mooys’ cross.

Ambiguity and confusion struck when the fifth goal was scored. With 30 minutes remaining, Tom Rogic’s shot cannoned off the crossbar and bounced on the goal-line. The linesman waved his flag after the ball came back out and subsequently Giannou managed to clean up on the rebound, but the goal was paid to Rogic.

A minute later, Giannou again was involved and teed up Rogic whose sizzling shot outside the box beat Tuychiev to make it a six goal lead.

With four minutes left Ryan McGowan managed to claim an assist when his ball was capitalised on by Nathan Burns who wrapped up a 7-0 thumping of Tajikistan.

The Socceroos now look forward to playing Jordan in Sydney on Tuesday, with a much tougher and challenging contest anticipated.

AUSTRALIA: 1. RYAN Mathew, 7. LECKIE Mathew (75’ 10. KRUSE Robbie), 8. WRIGHT Bailey, 9. GIANNOU Apo, 13. MOOY Aaron, 14. SMITH Brad, 15. JEDINAK Mile (5. MILLIGAN Mark), 16 BURNS Nathan, 19. MCGOWAN Ryan, 20. SAINSBURY Trent, 21. LUONGO Massimo (67’ 23. ROGIC Tom)

TAJIKISTAN: 1. TUYCHIEV Alisher, 2. TUKHTASUNOV Dalerdjon, 4. RAJABOV Eraj, 5. DZHALILOV Dzhako, 6. ERGASHEV Davronjon, 8. DAVRONOV Nuriddin, 9. JAHONGIR Aliev, 10. MAKHMUDOV Khurshed, 14. FARIDUN Sharipov, 19. NAZAROV Akhtam (39’ 17. Dilshod Vasiev), 21. DZHALILOV Manuchehr

Referee: Fahad Jaber Al-Marri

Attendance: 35439

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Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.