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Socceroos out to beat heat, stay in touch with Japan

Socceroos out to beat heat, stay in touch with Japan


Conquering Oman in the searing temperatures of Muscat will be no easy feat, but David Carney believes it must be done to keep the pressure on fellow Group B favourites Japan

Australia must brave the heat going into Friday's 2014 World Cup qualifier with Oman to keep pace with Japan, according to full-back David Carney.

The Socceroos landed in Muscat on Monday, and could face temperatures approaching 40 degrees when they face the hosts at the Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex in the first final round qualifying match for Holger Osieck's side.

Oman fell to Japan 3-0 in Saitama on Sunday in their first Group B encounter and will be determined not to begin their campaign with consecutive losses.

The Socceroos have their own motivation as Osieck's men had a surprise loss to Oman when they met in November, in what was Australia's only loss in the third round of qualifying.

And, knowing a top two finish in the group will clinch them a spot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, staying in touch with fellow favourites Japan - ahead of their meeting with the Blue Samurai on Tuesday - is also on the minds of the Socceroos.

"They're a good team," Bunyodkor defender Carney said of Oman. "They beat us last time 1-0, so it's going to be difficult, especially in this heat.

"We have to be smart and control the game and keep possession.  I think that's going to be the key part of the game.

"Japan beat them 3-0 in Japan, so it's important that we get off to a good start as well and go into the Japan game in confidence in Brisbane."

Acclimatising to the heat in Muscat will be the first task for the Socceroos, however. Having lost 2-0 to Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday, they arrived in the Omani capital early local time on Monday and were out walking in the heat soon after.

"It definitely hits you as soon as you walk out," Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak said. "It's just something you've got to get used to, and that's why we've gone out and gone for our walk.

"It's all about adaptation isn't it? And hopefully that puts us in good shape for the game on Friday."

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