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Canada 0-3 Australia: Socceroos prove too much for Benito Floro's Reds

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Canada 0-3 Australia: Socceroos prove too much for Benito Floro's Reds

The drought continues for Canada.

Australia comfortably overcame Canada 3-0 at Craven Cottage in London Tuesday, in another scoreless output for the Reds. Joshua Kennedy scored in the first half, while second-half goals from Dario Vidosic and Matthew Leckie helped finish Canada off.

The Socceroos got off to a very quick start in the game as they found the breakthrough within the first minute of play. After the Reds gave up the ball in their own third of the field, midfielder Mark Bresciano floated a cross into the box that forward Kennedy managed to get to before Canadian central defender Adam Straith could. The Australian met the ball with a powerful header and Milan Borjan couldn’t make the save.

The Canadians came very close to equalizing on a few occasions. Only five minutes after conceding, forward Simeon Jackson sent a vicious volley on goal from close range, but it was brilliantly kept out by Australian goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak.

Langerak made another good save in the 30th minute. An early cross from David Edgar found an unmarked Tosaint Ricketts in the Australian box, but the forward’s central header was parried away by the Borussia Dortmund shotstopper.

Australia then took full control of the game in the second half. In the 52nd minute, a Bresciano strike from outside the box was tipped out for a corner kick, one on which the Australians would manage to capitalize. After the corner was cleared by the Canadian back line, the ball was quickly redirected towards goal, but before it arrived, a lurking Vidosic managed to stay onside and flick it on with his head past a helpless Borjan.

The Australians comfortably controlled the game for the remainder of the game, especially after Leckie made it 3-0 for Australia in the 79th minute. The FSV Frankfurt forward leapt over Straith to head a David Carney cross into the bottom left corner of the Canadian goal.

After giving the Aussies a decent fight in the first half, it was another frustrating night for the Reds, who are now winless in their last 12 games and scoreless in their last eight.

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