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Lucas Neill: Socceroos ready for Jordan test

Australia had little trouble overcoming Lebanon on Thursday, but are wary of the challenge Jordan will pose in their crucial AFC World Cup qualifier on Tuesday

GOAL.com Indonesia   By JONATHAN HEALY

 

Australia captain Lucas Neill is not expecting any easy time of it when he leads his side into battle in a crucial AFC World Cup qualifier against Jordan on Tuesday [Wednesday morning Australian time].

The Socceroos warmed up for their next World Cup test with an impressive 3-0 victory over Lebanon on Thursday, but have to travel to King Abdullah International Stadium in Jordan to tackle the 87th-ranked country in the world of football.

Hot and humid conditions are expected in Jordan and Neill knows the Socceroos will need to produce another good performance if they are to claim the three points.

"It is going to be difficult," Neill said of the Jordan game.

"We have seen that this week that there is still a lot of heat and humidity about, so conditions will always play their part.

"We will have to put in a performance similar and if not better to what we have just done tonight to make sure we take the three points away from Jordan."

The match against Jordan is crucial for the Socceroos if they want to maintain their push to qualify directly for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Socceroos  sit in third place in their qualifying group with two points and have already drifted five points behind pacesetters Japan.

Based purely on rankings, Jordan are considered the second worst team in the group, but Neill believes every country is tough to play against, especially when they are playing at home.

"They are coming in as the underdog so it is something we have got to be very careful of," he said.

"We have got games now against very passionate nations and teams that are not expected to beat us.

"Any team that makes the last 10 of a World Cup qualification is a hard team."

But Neill said his team will take plenty of confidence out of the result against Lebanon and will be primed for a good performance in Jordan.

"We knew we had to put a lot of hard work in and we have done that this week and we have been rewarded for a good preparation," Neill said.

"We have put ourselves in a good position to be placed and ready for Jordan."

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