Australia sealed a perfect passage through to the 2022 World Cup third qualifying round thanks to Harry Souttar’s header in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Jordan in Kuwait.
The Socceroos were already guaranteed top spot in Group B and made it eight wins from eight in qualifying for the first time ever with their three points at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium.
Souttar’s goal – the Stoke City defender’s sixth in five internationals – ended Jordan’s hopes of qualifying and that frustration told as Mousa Suleiman was shown a late red card.
Jordan had lost only one of their previous seven internationals but struggled to create any meaningful opportunities, which was also true of their opponents for large parts.
Trent Sainsbury sent an unmarked header just past the post and James Holland’s strike soon after hit the upright as Australia’s superiority slowly started to show.
And that pressure paid off as Souttar met Martin Boyle’s inswinging corner to put his side on course for their first ever back-to-back victories against Jordan.
Tempers then flared in the 87th minute following Ehsan Manel Haddad’s challenge on Aziz Behich, culminating in Suleiman being sent off for clashing heads with the Australia wing-back.
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