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AS IT HAPPENED: Socceroos left counting the cost after 2-0 win over Lebanon

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21st March, 2024
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The Socceroos resume their qualifying campaign for the 2026 World Cup when they meet Lebanon at Commbank Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and rolling coverage from 8pm (AEDT).

Lebanon, are 115th in the current FIFA rankings and are unlikely to pose a significant threat to the Socceroos, but have shown a capacity to frustrate more fancied opponents, including a friendly victory over Jordan late last year and creditable displays against Saudi Arabia and China at the recent Asian Cup.

If Graham Arnold’s men repeat some of the disjointed attacking displays of their Asian Cup campaign, they could be in for another difficult evening.

While Lebanon can’t be underestimated, the outcome of this game will hinge on how well the Socceroos’ chosen combination gels. Who will start at the problem right-back position, most recently occupied by Gethin Jones? Will it be youth or experience on the wings? Will it be tried-and-tested Mitch Duke or one of the in-form strikers Kusini Yengi or Adam Taggart up front?

This second round of AFC World Cup qualifiers are also qualifiers for the 2027 Asian Cup. Victory tonight will virtually assure qualification for the Socceroos, while another victory on Tuesday night in Canberra will clinch it.

Game information

Venue: Commbank Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 8pm (AEDT)
TV: 10 Bold
Streaming: 10Play, Paramount+
Odds: Australia $1.13, draw $8.50, Lebanon $19 – odds via PlayUp

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