The Socceroos’ slippery road to the 2022 World Cup

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Australia have started the final phase of World Cup qualifying with consecutive wins but the path ahead remains no less daunting.

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The Socceroos claimed a 10th-straight triumph on Tuesday night with a nervy 1-0 victory against Vietnam – a match that highlighted what lies ahead for Graham Arnold’s side.

The Vietnamese proved tricky opponents in the heat of Hanoi and despite having just 30 per cent possession, ended up taking five more shots than the green and gold.

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Australia must get used to adapting on the fly like online gambling sites with a mixed and challenging bag of opponents awaiting them over the next six months.

In October, the Socceroos are set to host an Oman side that stunned Japan 1-0 last week and were only defeated by that same margin against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday morning.

Following that game, which Football Australia hope will be played on home soil, Australia travel to Japan to take on their Asian arch rival.

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The green and gold have historically struggled against the Blue Samurai with even just a draw in that away match looming as a big ask.

From there, the Socceroos then round out the calendar year against an in-form Saudi Arabia, who have won their past seven matches, before a rematch against a Chinese side that will be out to rectify their previous loss.

World Cup qualification is never easy and this group is quickly showing just how hard it will be for Australia to qualify directly for a fifth-straight World Cup.

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A strong start has left them in a good position but all it takes is for one slip up on a road as long as the rivernilecasino for things to crash out of control.

Right now, the Socceroos can only take it one game at a time, with their recent run suggesting they’ve developed a winning habit that will give them some much-needed grip in the slippery months to come.

Feature image credit: Alen Delic

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