Australia qualified for their fifth successive World Cup the hard way. The Socceroos finished third in their group behind Saudi Arabia and Japan, meaning they went into the playoffs. Graham Arnold’s side produced when they needed to, beating the UAE and Peru to seal their place in Qatar. They now face France, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D, hoping to make it to the knockout stage for the second time in their history.
Jamie Maclaren was vital for the Aussies during qualifying, netting seven goals, including a hat-trick against Nepal. Socceroos fans will hope for more of the same from him, while captain Mathew Ryan will be crucial at the other end of the pitch. Australia have never gone beyond the Round of 16 – is this the year that changes? Bet on Australia at the 2022 World Cup with BetVictor.