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Nikita Rukavytsya hopes to crown big week with three points against Jordan

The 25-year-old forward moved to FSV Mainz shortly before departing on international duty, and hopes to continue the good news while with the Socceroos

GOAL.com Indonesia   By PADDY HIGGS


He is back in the Australia squad and back in the Bundesliga, but Nikita Rukavytsya has kept his goals for both sides simple.

Rukavytsya clinched a deadline-day move from Hertha Berlin to FSV Mainz on Friday, returning the forward to the Bundesliga after the former's relegation back to Germany's second tier at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

He had little time to celebrate, however, departing soon after for Beirut, where he will hope to be involved for the Socceroos in their friendly against Lebanon on Thursday.

The match will serve as preparation for next Tuesday's crucial AFC World Cup qualifier against Jordan in Amman, with Rukavytsya highlighting the importance of the match to Australia's quest to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"The Lebanon game is leading up to the qualifier so it's going to be a good preparation," he said from the Socceroos camp in Beirut.

"Going in the next game, we have to win, so we have to be switched on and get the three points."

Rukavytsya's move to Mainz reportedly cost the Rhine river club €1 million, with the former Perth Glory and FC Twente speedster signing until the end of the 2014-15 season.

The 25-year-old revealed he would miss Berlin, but was delighted to get another chance in the top flight.

"It's a good move for me.  Obviously to play in the Bundesliga… [it's] one of the top leagues in the world.  It was sort of sad to leave Berlin.  I've been there for two years and I love the club, the people.  I have friends there," said Rukavytsya, who made 58 appearances for Hertha, scoring six goals.

"[The Bundesliga is] a great league with a lot of great players.  There's no easy games, even if you play against the bottom team, it's still a tough game.

"Anything can happen in this league, so you have to be switched on every week and do your best in every game."

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