A 5-1 romp was served up in front of an entertained 24,975 fans at Allianz Stadium in a game highlighted by mature partnerships between the Socceroos front three of Aaron Mooy, Tim Cahill & Robbie Kruse.

Needing only a point to secure a place in the next phase of World Cup qualifiers the Caltex Socceroos faced Jordan on a dreary night in Sydney.

Led by new coach Harry Redknapp and off the back of an 8-0 drubbing of Bangladesh the Jordanians weren’t without their chances, almost catching the Socceroos napping early on.

But it took less than half an hour for the Green & Gold to pounce. Aaron Mooy played in Robbie Kruse on the right who squared it to a waiting Tim Cahill. The experienced striker tapped home his 46th goal for Australia, and with it a 1-0 lead after 24 minutes.

Kruse turned provider in the 39th minute as Aaron Mooy doubled the lead with a decent strike from the left. Tim Cahill did well to open space for Kruse who played it wide to a sprinting Mooy.

Not to be left off the scoring sheet, Tim Cahill left high in a signature header at the back post to make it 3-0 in the 44th minute. Mooy & Kruse again linked and the deep cross from Kruse found Cahill in mid-flight. Three nil at half time and a very pleased crowd expected the scoring to continue.

And it would. In-form Celtic star Tom Rogic danced through defenders inside the 18 yard box and tapped home the fourth goal for the home side, and it looked like the scoreline could blow out.

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Massimo Luongo made it 5-0 in the 68th minute before Jordan pegged one back to save the blushes of their high profile manager.

The 5-1 win will have a positive impact on the upcoming release of the latest FIFA rankings. The Caltex Socceroos currently sit at 67th in the world but finishing top of their group could send their ranking soaring.

It wasn’t all good news for the Green & Gold however, Robbie Kruse hobbling off after an ugly challenge. Returning to the field briefly, Kruse was substituted in the 71st minute for Nathan Burns.

For now though the Socceroos continue their road to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, one step closer and playing some scintillating football in the process.

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