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October 15, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 3741‎
We'll have much more on this match throughout the night. Thanks for joining our live commentary. Once again, I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller on Twitter), and it's been my pleasure bringing the action to you.
That's it! Australia wins handily 3-0, and Canada's 2013 struggles continue.
BIG SAVE BY BORJAN! The big 'keeper goes full stretch to grab a 20-yarder from the Aussies, after Canada's defence opened up rather easily.
This match definitely feels like it's winding down, even though Canada still seems keen on going forward. The lack of experience on the pitch for the Canadians is very evident.
Substitution Mile Jedinak Jackson Irvine
And there it is! Australia gets their third goal of the game from Leckie. All three strikes have come off the heads of an Aussie player, something that Benito Floro will surely take note of.
Assist David Carney
Goal Mathew Leckie
Australia has started to overrun this young Canada XI over the past few moments. A third goal for the Aussies seems inevitable given the run of play.
Substitution Mark Bresciano Nikita Rukavytsya
SAVE BORJAN! An Aussie gets a full volley on target from 12 yards out, but it's right at the Canadian 'keeper.
Substitution Rhys Williams Oliver Bozanic
Like in the first half, most of the play has gravitated toward the middle third of the pitch. Good spells of possession by both teams, but not much to speak of in the way of chances.
Substitution Joshua Blake Kennedy Mathew Leckie
Substitution Marcel de Jong Samuel Piette
Yellow Card Rhys Williams
Substitution K. Jackson Ashtone Morgan
Assist Rhys Williams
Goal Dario Vidosic
GOAL AUSTRALIA! Vidosic reirectd a shot with his head and past Borjan. The Aussie was directly in front of Canada's goalkeeper and was possibly offside, but the officials didn't see it that way.
CLOSE CALL! Bresciano takes a strike from the top of the 18 that just eludes Borjan's right post.
It appears as though Ricketts is now playing alone at the top of a 4-5-1. Lots of youth on the field for Canada right now.
Substitution Iain Hume Jonathan Osorio
Substitution Dwayne De Rosario Russell Teibert
Substitution Mitchell Langerak Matthew Ryan
Substitution Nikolas Ledgerwood Stefan Cebara
And we're back!
Teams are filing back onto the field. Expecting plenty of changes for both sides.
As for the Aussies, they seem to be a bit more patient on the ball than Canada, and they've looked to have a gamebreaker or two in their ranks. That's not to say Australia is outplaying the Canadians, just that they look comfortable with the lead, maybe a bit too much so.
Canada has looked organized in the midfield, but lacks teeth up front. Also, the defending needs to be better, but it's to be expected with a CB pairing of Doneil Henry and Adam Straith. Inexperience abounds.
That's the half! The game started as a nightmare for Canada, as they gave up the match's only goal so far within the very first minute. That being aid, the remainder of the opening half was very level, with Australia lucky not to have given up at least one goal thanks to the superb goalkeeping of Langerak.
Williams has been an impressive player for the Aussies in this first half. His dribbling technique and willingness to go at players has caused Canada fits at times.
Canada gets a series of corner kicks but cannot capitalize on any of them. You have the feel that if the Canadians are going to score at all, it's going to come from a set piece.
Bresciano's blast is well high, however. He probably could have done better with that opportunity.
Dangerous free kick coming up for Australia as substitute Bekker clips Williams just outside the Canadian area.
ANOTHER GREAT SAVE BY LANGERAK! Once again, it's Edgar with the ball down the right side, and his inch-perfect cross to Tosaint Ricketts results in a point-blank header that the Aussie goalkeeper handles well.
Most of this game is being played in the middle third of the pitch, as neither side looks very comfortable going forward. That should explain a lot about both sides' respective form lately.
Substitution Julian De Guzman Kyle Bekker
De Guzman looking like he's coming off, as the veteran is walking gingerly. Seems as though he felt something and looked to sub off as a precaution.
Australia has a nice spell of possession leading to a series of good passes in the midfield, but it comes to nothing as the Soccerroos forward line can't break through Canada's defence.
Canada counterattacks and finds Edgar streaking down the right wing. He has all day to figure out what he wants to do with the ball, and he decides to cross into Dwayne De Rosario in the middle, but the ball is a bit heavy and the striker can't control it. De Rosario was offside anyway, it seems.
David Edgar, playing as a central midfielder for this match, pounces on a ball 35 yards from Australia's goal and shoots it well high and wide.
The match has slowed to a more predictable pace now, with bot sides trying to feel each other out.
GREAT SAVE! Canada get their first shot of the game off a floated free kick that finds a surging Jackson, who took a shot from just a few yards out. Aussie 'keeper Langerak was equal to the point-blank effort, however. Great stuff from the young GK.
Corner to Australia finds the head of Williams, but Borjan stretches above everyone to keep it out of the Canadian goal.
After some calamitous defending that led to Kennedy's headed goal, Canada have settled down a bit. The early goal has to be a boost for Australia, given then way their last few matches have gone.
Assist Mark Bresciano
Goal Joshua Blake Kennedy
Dream start for Australia as the Socceroos score within the first minute!
And we're off!
Of course, Holger Osieck has managed both sides.
Canada and Australia haven't met in 20 years, when the Aussies eliminated the Canucks from the 1994 World Cup qualifying tournament in a home-and-away series.
The anthems are just finishing up and we're almost set to go.
Hello and welcome to Goal's live commentary of Canada-Australia. I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller on Twitter) and I'll be guiding you through all of today's action at Craven Cottage.
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