by Shane Saroya – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
Australia’s Tim Cahill scored three goals within 37 minutes, while skipper Mile Jedinak struck the final goal of the night, all in all sending the Socceroos to a 4-0 victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka.
The win now puts Australua at the top of their qualifying group ahead of main rivals Jordan, who are now trailing by two points.
The match was described as “one-way traffic in favour of the Australians”, who controlled possession despite struggling to move the ball around freely on the long-grassed surface.
At times, the Soccerroos were sloppy against their opponents with an off touch here and there with sloppy play on the ball.
Aaron Mooy was inspirational as usual, with a hand in every goal, and whenever he found space there is always a looming aerial threat of Tim Cahill just waiting to strike.
And there was not a Bangladeshi defender in sight for the former Everton man’s first when he slotted in a deep free-kick from Mooy on the sixth minute.
It was nearly half an hour later before the Melbourne City star set up the second with a through ball to debutant Josh Risdon, with a perfectly waited cross to Cahill to rattle the net.
Five minutes later Australia’s all-time leading goal scorer added another goal to his tally by adding the finishing touch to a cross from Mooy.
Crystal Palace midfielder Jedinak got in on the action just before the interval with a smooth header from close range after Bailey Wright headed across the box.
The crowd was on their feet briefly as the home side made a couple of inoffensive plunge’s forward.
But it was to no avail, as the Aussies prevailed 4-0.