If only we had Messi - Aussies say X-factor needed as Asia catches up
Australia's coach said Asian sides had closed the gap after the defending champions received a reality check at the Asian Cup, signalling a tough time ahead in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Socceroos once expected to dominate their regional rivals but they found their title defence tough, going goalless for 210 minutes of knockout…
Cahill relishing 'cut-throat' Syria play-off
Veteran forward Tim Cahill on Wednesday said Australia were relishing the "cut-throat" challenge of beating Syria over two legs as they look to reach next year's World Cup via the nerve-jangling play-offs.