Socceroos close gap to Jordan

Australia closed the gap to Group D leaders Jordan to just one point after the Socceroos beat Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in Canberra on Thursday.

The victory sees the Aussies move up to 12 points, one behind Jordan and four ahead of their Thursday opponents.

Tim Cahill nearly opened the scoring for the hosts inside the first two minutes with an acrobatic effort which was brilliantly saved. The former Everton ace then went even closed when he hit the cross-bar after Aaron Mooy's shot wasn't held by Pavel Matiash in the Kyrgyzstan goal.

Tomi Juric was forced off with an injury, which saw Nathan Burns introduced on the half-hour mark.

Burn was called into action almost immediately, winning a penalty for Australia in the 39th minute after he was fouled on the opposition penalty box.

Captain Mile Jedinak made no mistake from the spot to give Ange Postecoglou's the deserved lead before the half-time interval.

A sublime pass from Mooy played Cahill into some space five minutes after the break and the Socceroos legend made no mistake with the finish.

In the 69th minute, Mooy was involved in the action again when his goal-bound free-kick was bundled into the Kyrgyzstan goal by defender Ilmar Adimov to put the result beyond question.

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