Defeat could see Socceroos propping up table

HOLGER Osieck will not be contemplating it, but a defeat against Iraq in the early hours of tomorrow morning in Doha could set the Socceroos on a lengthy 2014 World Cup playoff journey which could ultimately end up with a do-or-die clash against a South American country.

With five qualifying games remaining in Asia's Group B, Australia sits third on just two points - two behind second-placed Jordan and eight points behind Japan which tops the group.

A defeat against the Iraqis tomorrow could see Osieck's troops propping up the table. Win, though, and they could move up to second.

Jordan is in the box seat for automatic qualification, although its next two games are away from home - it also has to come to Australia in June next year.

The top two of each Asian qualifying group automatically go through to Brazil, while the third place will head to the playoffs.

With Iraq, Jordan and Oman to come at home next year, Australia, still has its fate in its own hands.

Games to come: Tomorrow - Iraq (away); March 26 - Oman (home); June 4 - Japan (away); June 11 - Jordan (home); June 18 - Iraq (home).

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