Misfiring Aussies face tough Iraq mission on Tuesday
(AFP) - Australia face a tough away assignment against Zico's Iraq on Tuesday knowing defeat would rock their chances of reaching a third successive World Cup in 2014.
Last month's shock loss to Jordan left the Socceroos with just two points from three games in the final round of Asian qualifying, and badly in need of a win to get their campaign on track.
Third-placed Australia are already eight points off the pace set by Group B leaders Japan and facing a scrap with Jordan, Iraq and possibly even Oman for the second automatic qualifying spot.
"We just have to make sure we right the wrong from the last game and get a much-needed victory. We can't afford to slip up again," warned striker Alex Brosque.