Australia book friendly date with Lebanon

Having drawn their opening two AFC fourth-round qualifiers, the Socceroos are out to maximise their preparations for their clash against Jordan in September
Australia will face Lebanon in an international friendly as part of their preparations for September's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Jordan.

The Socceroos, who drew their opening two games in the fourth round of qualifying, are set to meet Jordan on September 11 in Amman.

Australia meet Lebanon five days prior and coach Holger Osieck said travel factors and the fact Theo Bucker's men play in a similar way to Jordan were reasons behind opting to face a team ranked 144th in the world.

"This match against Lebanon will be an ideal opportunity for us to face quality opposition who play a similar style of football to our next opponents in the Fifa World Cup Asian qualifiers, Jordan," Osieck said.

"The other positive is that Beirut is in a similar region and time zone to Amman and the travel to Jordan following the match is short.

"We will definitely be using this match against Lebanon to test the level of our players before we meet Jordan."

Australia sit third in Group B behind Japan and Iraq after drawing their clashes against Oman and Japan in June.

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