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    Former Socceroos coach Holger Osieck. (Image: AP)

    With next month’s crucial 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Oman looming, fringe Socceroos will be looking to make the most of their chance when they face Romania in Spain this morning. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 6.45am AEDT.

    It’s less than 18 months until the 2014 World Cup and with Australia’s ageing team creaking toward Brazil, tonight’s friendly against Romania presents the perfect opportunity to see who might be ready to step up into the first team.

    On the back of an increasingly fruitful Bundesliga campaign with Fortuna Dusseldorf, Robbie Kruse is set to earn a start and looks the most likely of the next generation to become a key player in Holger Osieck’s plan.

    After a serious injury threatened to derail his season Middlesbrough captain Rhys Williams makes his first start in Socceroos colours since August, and will also be named by Osieck to start.

    But the conservative Osieck hasn’t strayed too far from the known with the old guard of Neill, Schwarzer, Bresciano and Wilkshire there to guide the ship.

    Romania sit third in a tricky Group D of the European section of 2014 World Cup Qualification alongside The Netherlands, Hungary and Turkey.

    A 1-0 over Turkey in Istanbul pushed the Romanians into equal second alongside Hungary, and they’ll also view this morning’s fixture as a chance to prepare for more important matches down the road.

    That said, a second-string Romania were hammered 4-1 by Poland in Malaga on Saturday and while Victor Piturca will name a significantly stronger outfit here they’ll still be without Adrian Mutu and Ciprian Marica.

    With only three qualification matches left, the Socceroos have well and truly reached the endgame of their 2014 World Cup Qualification campaign.

    Put simply, each and every match becomes a crucial opportunity for the side to build form, and this morning is no different. The Socceroos should get a victory on Spanish soil tonight.

    Vince Rugari is an Adelaide-born journalist who cut his teeth on the sporting graveyard of the Gold Coast. He fancies the round ball and the Sherrin, and used to be a handy leg-spin bowler before injury curtailed a baggy green push. A Port Adelaide fan by birth, he now is a sports reporter for Australian Associate Press

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    • 9:05am
      pete4 said | 9:05am | ! Report

      Does anyone know why this match was played in Spain?

      • 9:25am
        Matt F said | 9:25am | ! Report

        I’m not sure why they picked Spain but they would have picked somewhere in Europe because this international break is only a week instead of the usual two so flying the European based players back to Australia would have created some issues.

        • 9:38am
          pete4 said | 9:38am | ! Report

          Not sure either… Romania was classified as the home team. Why not play it in Romania then? Seems odd to pick a neutral country and getting both teams to travel

        • 9:43am
          Adrian said | 9:43am | ! Report

          because it doesn’t snow in Spain….

          this is where many clubs are base in winter, this where Romania been base….

          • 9:50am
            pete4 said | 9:50am | ! Report

            Okay sounds possible. As far as I’m aware I thought the winter break ends mid January?

            • 9:54am
              Adrian said | 9:54am | ! Report

              not possible , it is ….it snowing and -6 in Poland right now

              many leagues still on winter break

              • 10:01am
                Adrian said | 10:01am | ! Report

                Romania league start back on 1st March

              • 10:03am
                pete4 said | 10:03am | ! Report

                Interesting. Thanks!

    • Columnist

      Vince Rugari said | 8:37am | ! Report

      And that’s it! A 3-2 win for Romania! Well, an up-and-down game for the Socceroos here. Started poorly, let one in, then settled, took control, went ahead and… let it slip in the end. Question marks over defence there and certainly the midfield, after Bresciano went off. But it is a friendly. I wonder what Holger will have learned from that?

      Anyway, I’ve got to go to work – thanks for joining me!

      • 8:40am
        JAJI said | 8:40am | ! Report

        Cornthwaite not a defensive answer despite scoring 2 goals – doesnt mark, is lanky and clumsy. Shane Lowry, Chris Herd and Luke DeVere are better options (if the later 2 are ever fit). Matt McKay not up to it which shows as he is now playing in China. Brosque hasnt looked like scoring for about a year – what about Scott Macdonald?

        We are going to get flogged at Brazil 2014 if we continue this path

        • 8:53am
          jamesb said | 8:53am | ! Report

          maybe it’s the loss Australia had to have.

          will Holger look at other options like Herd and Lowry?

          • 9:04am
            JAJI said | 9:04am | ! Report

            Well he flew Milligan from Melbourne and 25 hours away rather than calling Lowry who is 90 minutes away

            Herd is injured everytime he gets called…..

            So what central defence will play in the crunch game against Oman next month? Think I would rather Ognenovski than Cornflake

        • 10:04am
          Adrian said | 10:04am | ! Report

          “Cornthwaite not a defensive answer despite scoring 2 goals – doesnt mark, is lanky and clumsy”

          Cornthwaite got 2 goals more then Scott McDonald has 🙂

          • 1:31pm
            JAJI said | 1:31pm | ! Report

            McDonald has scoed goals in the UEFA Champions League

            Cornthwaite is in Korea

            • 4:03pm
              adrian said | 4:03pm | ! Report

              McDonald score 2 goals in 14 Champions League,,and has soced 5 goals in 25 matches in all europe cup matchersmatchers

              McDonald has scored zero goals in 26 matchers for Australia

              you think that good? 5 goals in those 51

              now he playing in a team, that be lucky to be in the top 250 teams in europe

              and McDonald can only play as Striker

      • 8:52am
        Nathan of Perth said | 8:52am | ! Report

        Well, much to learn about, I’d say, interesting result, bit disappointed we gave it up after getting a lead. But friendlies in Spain are for learning.

    • Columnist

      Vince Rugari said | 8:35am | ! Report

      93′ – Looks like Leckie has been brought on – I missed that as I was getting ready for work, but really, what’s the point of that? He only gets a few minutes and that’s not enough time to do anything at all…

    • Columnist

      Vince Rugari said | 8:33am | ! Report

      90′ – Looking like Romania will hang on here. Meanwhile, I am officially late for work.

    • Columnist

      Vince Rugari said | 8:30am | ! Report

      87′ – Not bad there from Roberto Kruse! Nips past the defender on the left, cuts inside, puts a pass there across the six yard box but nobody there. Out for a corner, and nothing comes from that either. 3-2 Romania.

    • Columnist

      Vince Rugari said | 8:29am | ! Report

      86′ – Wake up lads, or it could be 4-2. Federici saves the day there.

    • Columnist

      Vince Rugari said | 8:28am | ! Report

      84′ – Gotta wear that. Probably should have been a penalty but a top drawer free kick. Williams the guy who gave away the foul – and he was the one beaten at the near post for the equaliser, too. What looked like a good day at the office for Australia has quickly become a game that has asked more questions than given us answers.

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