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“One moment of brilliance, one moment of madness or a crack under pressure …” is all it will take to determine whether Australia gets to Russia 2018 writes Ray Gatt. Just the sort of realism we need to be reminded of over our morning muesli, Gatty. But, of course, that’s it – there's 90 minutes (or 120 minutes plus) remaining.

Tom Smithies and David Davutovic in News Limited and Dom Bossi in Fairfax all report that the players are “quietly confident”.

It’s also big boost to be able to welcome back the fresh legs of Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie and, hopefully, Robbie Kruse.

We’re all pretty familiar with the Socceroos mode of travel compared with that of our opponents, Honduras, by now. It’s referred to here by Bossi as “lavish” (have you seen the Lowy’s private jet, Dom?)

We’ve discerned a bit of a ‘rich man, poor man’ feel to it from some – especially non-football journos. But can you imagine the outcry - including from us - if FFA didn't spend the extra $250,000 to give the Socceroos the best possible chance? From FFA's perspective it's small fry in the scheme of things, not least in light of the hefty match-day revenues from two extra qualificaiton games at home.

A-League

16 goals scored in the A-League this weekend, with seven of them coming in the match at Westpac Stadium yesterday.

It took until Round 6, but Wellington Phoenix’s Darije Kalezic saw the performance he wanted in Phoenix’s 5-2 big win over Perth Glory. Andrija Kaludjerovic scored a brace.

Good reports from Matt Windley and Michael Lynch on the match between Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers. Windley focuses on the battle between Ross McCormack and Vedran Janjetovic; Lynch praises Nick Fitzgerald.

Nikola Mileusnic says Adelaide United are already focused on the quick turnaround from last weekend’s loss to Thursday night’s match v Central Coast Mariners, saying the Mariners win over Sydney FC is an inspiration to them.

OOoohh. Let’s not jinx him! Let 17yo Christian Theoharous develop naturally and don’t hype him too much. Please.

W-League

A big scoring weekend in the W-League too with 17 goals score in four games. Another 5-2 – this time Melbourne City W-League team over Newcastle Jets.

The other winners were Adelaide United (v Perth Glory, 3-1), Brisbane Roar (v Western Sydney Wanderers, 0-1) and Canberra United (v Sydney FC, 3-2). Melbourne Victory had the Bye.

World Cup TV rights

Optus’ Allen Lew says the telco’s World Cup packages will sell regardless of what happens on Wednesday night but, just for good measure, he is very much hoping for a Socceroos win.


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