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With no World Cup to attend for the Czech Republic, they have one more game left in the season as they tangle with Nigeria; Australia though have one final chance to tune up for Russia when they face off against Hungary. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a good weekend!
A Mat Leckie double and Andrew Nabbout's first goal for his country were the highlights as Australia record their first win away from home soil for 633 days in a comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Australia. Though they initially struggled in the first half, the Socceroos delivered a fine second-half showing to give themselves a big boost ahead of Russia - and a tricky Group C including France, Peru and Denmark. At full-time in St. Pollen, it finishes Australia 4-0 Czech Republic.
Behich pulls a cut-back in the box for Arzani but the youngster can't quite control it - and that will be the last play as the referee blows for full-time!
Arzani fouls Darida in the latter's half to give the Czech Republic a free-kick.
Stop by Ryan! Sykora lands a great header at the near-right post off a Darida cross, but the keeper manages to hold it out with speedy reflexes.
It's a Socceroos debut for teenager Daniel Arzani too; he comes on in place of Leckie with six minutes left on the clock.
This has been a game to forget for the Czech Republic as Kopic - one of their better performers in that wonderful opening 20 minutes - makes way for Tomas Horava.
4-0 to Australia! Jakub Jugas is the unlucky man who concedes an own goal as Degenek turns a flat cross in from the right of the box that takes a heavy glance off the defender and tucks in at the near post underneath Koubek. It's been a great game for the Socceroos.
Now Jankto gets a booking after he comes together with Leckie after a tackle and pushes the Australian man in the upper chest.
Jankto launches a right-footed effort from 20 yards out on the left that has plenty of punch behind but only goes to Ryan.
Novak! The left-back only had to keep that finish down as Darida picks him out with a lovely cross six yards in front - and he puts it straight over the crossbar.
Australia meanwile sub out Risdon and Milos Degenek gets his chance.
The changes are coming thick and fast now; Schick is replaced by Josef Sural for the Czech Republic.
Kruse bows out with 17 minutes left on the clock; Dimitri Petratos takes his place for Australia.
Mooy laid a lovely pass into the box for Leckie to convert into his side's third goal and it's a well-earned assist for the Huddersfield Town man.
It's two for Leckie and three for Australia! The Hertha BSC Man gets a double as he slots home a Mooy assist from the right edge of the box at the far-left post with a cool finish. The Socceroos are in comfortable control of this tie.
Miligan brings down Schick with a cheap challenge and the latter wins a free-kick on the right wing.
Schick lofts a cross into the Australia box, finding Jankto at the left post, only for the latter to be pinged for offside by the linesman.
Jackson Irvine arrives to replace Rogic for Australia.
Both sides have seen a brief dip in energy levels as they play around midfield. The Czech Republic don't look too keen to chase the game, though they do offer up an attacking chance through Darida and Kopic that is swiftly defused at the back by Ryan as they approach the Australia box.
That second goal has clearly strengthened their position but here's a stat to please Socceroos fans; they have never previously lost a game when Leckie has found the net, with five wins and a draw so far.
Goalscorer Nabbout is off for Australia in their first change; Jamie MacLaren takes his place.
Husbauer goes for goal from outside the box with a right-footed shot, only to steer it wide and high at the near post by some margin.
Kruse fouls Novak with a messy challenge and the latter comes up with a free-kick on the left wing.
Barak is the second Czech change of the game as he departs in place of Jan Sykora.
Kruse is into the Czech box from the restart and looks to be a dead cert to pick up a Rogic through-ball; it takes a funky bounce though on the turf and goes to Koubek in goal instead.
Nabbout! What a strike! He gets his first goal for his country with a lovely run into the right edge of the box, sidestepping around two defenders before blasting it in at the far-left post. Australia make it 2-0 and look to be heading to Russia with a win under their belts.
Schick has a better attempt now though and drives a 25-yard effort towards goal from outside the box, only for it to take a deflection off Sainsbury.
Schick wins a free-kick in the opposition half after Sainsbury fouls him, but he is unable to make a serious chance out of the set-piece and the Socceroos come away from their box with the scoreline intact.
It's been over a year since the last time Australia kept a clean sheet and won; March 2017 to be precise, when they defeated the UAE 2-0.
We're back underway at the NV Arena and the Czech Republic has made a change at the break; Jakub Jankto has been introduced in place of Krmencik.
Despite their initial iron-fist control, it's the Czech Republic who trail at half-time, having been unable to convert their chances into goals whilst a Mathew Leckie effort against the run of play has given the Socceroos the lead. There's a long way to still go in St. Pollen - but right now, it's Bert van Marwijk's men who are in the driving seat. After 45 minutes, it's Australia 1-0 Czech Republic.
There's no added time in the first half and as Australia look to spark one last move of the opening period, the referee blows for the break.
Sainsbury concedes back-to-back corners, and once again, Australia rise to the challenge of defending them, thanks to Ryan's deft touches and catches.
Australia have brought themselves back into this game, aside from their goal too; they now have 48 percent of possession in this match.
The Czech Republic pick up a corner off a Leckie deflection as they look to push up in pursuit of a leveller; they are unable to convert it into anything serious though and Australia clear to halfway.
Mooy sticks a hefty shot towards Koubek who fails to cleanly collect; Nabbout skies his follow-up but was offside regardless.
Leckie wins a free-kick in his own half after Boril brings him down with a clumsy challenge.
Rogic almost makes it two on the back of a great Mooy break, though he can only push it into the arms of the keeper with his powerful finish.
Kruse's half-volley assist was rather lovely in itself but the credit goes to Rogic who split the Czech defence in half when he sent Risden to the right. Jarolim will not be happy about conceding that goal.
Against the run of play, Australia have the lead! It's a soft goal to concede from a Czech perspective; the Socceroos had all the time in the world. Leckie has the easiest of tap-ins at the right post, after Rogic squares a ball to Risden out on the right, who duly crosses wide to the left post for Kruse to clip back across the face of goal. 1-0 to Australia.
Miligan wins a free-kick in his own half after Schick has a nibble at his heels and fouls him.
Approaching the half-hour mark, Australia are yet to register a shot whatsoever in this game, on or off-target. The Czech Republic meanwhile have put five on Mat Ryan in goal - but none have yet seriously tested or troubled the keeper.
Kruse wins a free-kick in the attacking half after Boril brings it down and plays it forward looking for Nabbout; the Czech defence is wise to his play though and duly wrap up the striker before claiming the ball themselves.
Sainsbury slips around Rogic to take the ball off him and concedes another corner in the process. The Czech Rpeublic can't make a serious chance from the set-piece though as Darida tries to lift it over a crowded box and puts it well over the crossbar too.
Barak spurns a great chance on the back of a corner as he meets a bobbling ball at the far-left post and duly blasts it over the crossbar.
Australia have only prevailed once in their last 11 friendly games; against Greece in 2016, when Leckie scored a 93rd-minute winner in a 1-0 victory.
Mooy slips a great ball into the Czech box, looking for Kruse; Husbauer lands a nick with his foot to divert it away from danger though for his side, allowing Koubek to sweep in and collect.
Kruse thinks he's away after he meets a lovely lofted ball down the left from Luongo; Jugas does enough to muscle him away as he approaches the box and the chance flutters away.
Kopic breaks with more success this time, meeting a Barak pass nudged into the Australia penalty area; before he can square the ball further to the left though, Ryan sweeps in under his feet to relieve him of possession.
Kopic is pinged for offside as he breaks into the Australia half and kicks the ball away in frustration. The referee exchanges words with the Czech forward, though no further action is taken.
Kruse is fouled level with the left edge of the Czech penalty area after a break and Australia get the free-kick. Mooy can't turn it beyond the first man in the box though - Kalas, who ferries it away from danger.
It's a dominant Czech game so far, with Jarolim's side in custody of the ball for more than 80% of the opening 10 minutes - but Australia don't look too far off the mark either.
Mooy loses the ball in midfield with a sloppy piece of play, though the Czech Republic can't press any attempt forward over halfway before Leckie recovers possession.
Kopic slits open the Australian back-four and canters into the penalty area - but a great sliding tackle from Sainsbury manages to block an attempted cross back in from the right and the Czech striker sees his chance slip away.
Nabbout is flagged for offside as Mooy clips on a ball down the right wing, though replays show that the Australian striker may have been hard done by with the decision.
Behich concedes a free-kick as he fouls Schick on the Czech Republic man's right wing; he is unable to seriously threaten the Australian defence though and the Socceroos come away with the ball.
We're underway in St. Pollen! Australia are the first to play forward, with Mooy slipping a pass through to Nabbout, though the forward can't find his way around Boril at the back.
The teams are out for the national anthems at the NV Arena...
Subs: Josef Sural, Jiri Pavlenka, Jan Sykora, Tomas Horava, Jakub Jankto, Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Vaclik, Michal Travnik, Tomas Soucek
CZECH REPUBLIC (4-3-3): Tomas Koubek; Jan Boril, Tomas Kalas, Jakub Jugas, Filip Novak; Josef Husbauer, Antonin Barak, Vladimir Darida; Patrick Schick, Michael Krmencik, Jan Kopic
Subs: Joshua Brillante, Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Dimitri Petratos, Milos Degenek, Tomi Juric, Jackson Irvine, James Troisi, Brad Jones, Matthew Jurman, Danny Vukovic, Jamie Maclaren, Nikita Rukavytsya, Daniel Arzani
AUSTRALIA (4-3-3): Mat Ryan; Joshua Ridson, Mark Miligan, Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich; Massimo Luongo, Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy; Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Robbie Kruse
Lineups now as we approach kick-off...
As for the Czech Republic, Karel Jarolim's men will have to continue their wait for at least another four years to appear at the World Cup again, having not featured since 2006 in Germany. Handed a competitive qualification route in Group C of the UEFA confederation, they finished third, four points adrift of second-placed Northern Ireland and well behind holders Die Mannschaft. They have only lost once in their last six games though, against Uruguay in March's China Cup – and they will be hopeful of providing a stern test to their opponents in St. Pollen.
The Socceroos almost didn't make it this year though; they left it late to qualify after coming up short in their group, being forced to come through the AFC fifth-place play-off against Syria and an inter-confederation clash with Honduras to make it Russia.
Bert van Marwijk's side are making their fourth consecutive appearance at the World Cup, having only previously featured in West Germany 1974 before 2006 – and this game gives them a chance to fine-tune ahead of trimming their squad to a 23-man party, with uncapped Fran Karačić and Daniel Arzani among those jockeying to get on the plane.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this pre-World Cup friendly as Australia look to warm up for Russia against the Czech Republic at the NV Arena in St. Polten, Austria. The Socceroos have only met their opponents once before, when they lost 3-1 in a friendly in 2000 – but with their opponents absent from this year's showpiece tournament, can they give themselves a winning send-off in style? Kick-off is on the way.