Monday 22 January 2018 / 05:41 AM

Socceroos' unusual WC qualifying draw

Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos need to overcome several unfamiliar obstacles in taking their first steps on the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


The reigning Asian champions have been handed a far-flung Group B alongside Jordan, Tajikistan, Krygyzstan and Bangladesh in the second round of AFC qualifying.

Group winners and the four best runners-up progress to the final round of qualifying while also advancing to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the UAE, where the Socceroos will defend their title.

Australia’s first match is away to Krygyzstan on 16 June before a home date with Bangladesh in Perth on September 3.

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