Socceroos face do-or-die clash

Australia is not a traditional football-supporting nation, but all eyes are on Tuesday's crunch World Cup qualifier.

Last Modified: 17 Jun 2013 14:39
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Australia will take on Iraq in a crucial world cup qualifier in Sydney on Tuesday. 

Iraq can’t qualify for Brazil but the match is crucial for Australia. If they win, they’ll go to the main competition next year.  If they lose, or draw, Oman or Jordan – who play each other later on Tuesday – could leapfrog Australia to take the spot.  

As Andrew Thomas reports from Sydney, the match is being followed closely in a country that hasn’t traditionally cared much about football. 


Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.