bahrain v australia

Learning the lessons of Manama

November 20, 2008
By Jason Dasey
Australia's listless World Cup qualifying performance in Bahrain said as much about the players who weren't on the field as those who were.

Brett Emerton, Scott Chipperfield and Craig Moore were conspicuous in their absence as the Socceroos looked like a shadow of the side that thumped Qatar barely five weeks ago.

And that's despite having an attacking front third led by Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, Josh Kennedy and Mark Bresciano.

Pim Verbeek's team were disjointed, ...

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