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Socceroos drawn in ‘Group of Logistical Nightmares’ for Russia 2018

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Australia’s journey to Russia 2018 will explore several new frontiers after the Socceroos were drawn with Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh for the second round of World Cup qualifiers.

The Socceroos will be heavily favoured to advance from the group but could find themselves with some tricky adventures away from home – not least for the logistical challenges involved.

“The draw is certainly an interesting one and throws up some games against unfamiliar countries but the first phase of qualifying is about us and making sure we maintain our high standards on and off the field,” Postecoglou said.

“Over the past 18 months we have taken great pride in being the best we can be on and off the field and we will face some logistical and footballing challenges but we’ll continue to work hard to make sure we are ready for whatever challenges we face.

“We now have to prepare for Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Tajikstan and Jordan and continue our journey.”

The winner of each of the eight groups and the four best runners up will advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and will also book a spot at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

After its Asian Cup success, Australia was drawn from pot one along with the top eight ranked teams of the continent, ruling out matches against fellow Asian powerhouses Iran, Japan, South Korea,UAE, Uzbekistan, China and Iraq.

Sources: © 2015  SMH & SBS | Sebastian Hassett – The Sydney Morning Herald & Scott McIntyre – SBS.

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