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A trademark Tim Cahill header ensured Australia made a winning start to the Ange Postecoglou era with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica at Allianz Stadium.
After a nervous start that saw them almost concede an early own goal, the hosts settled into their work and dominated a goalless opening period.
Cahill came off the bench in the 52nd minute and produced the defining moment 17 minutes later when he headed home a curling Tommy Oar corner. It was his 29th international strike, bringing him level with level with Damian Mori as Australia's leading goalscorer.
Melbourne Victory boss Ange Postecoglou has been appointed as the new coach of Australia.
The 48-year-old, who represented the Socceroos four times as a player, has been given a five-year contract and will officially begin work on Monday, taking over from the sacked Holger Osieck.
The Socceroos belong to the people of this nation," said Postecoglou. "It's my job to make sure we represent all that's good in Australian football.
"We need to strive for greatness, to play with spirit and have an unwavering belief in our mission.
"I was proud to represent my country as a player and I have the same immense feeling of pride today."
Mark Bosnich has urged the Australian Football Federation to ask Sir Alex Ferguson if he would consider coming out of retirement to manage the Australian national team.
Bosnich played under Fergie briefly and believes the Socceroos need someone of that ilk in charge.
Holger Osieck was sacked by Australia last week after successive 6-0 defeats against Brazil and France.
– Former Man United and Australia goalkeeper Mark Bosnich
Well we’ve been throwing around a lot of things but there’s one person that I haven’t heard mentioned – even though I’ve got more reason than anyone not to suggest him, I’m just being honest and have had experience under him, so know what he’s like – is Sir Alex Ferguson.
That name hasn’t been put about, but someone of that ilk. Either him or someone of that ilk needs to come down and start to put a few people in their place.
Australia have sacked coach Holger Osieck following their 6-0 thumping by France at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Friday night.
Osieck was informed of the decision to end his three-year tenure by Football Federation Australia (FFA) shortly after the heavy defeat.
P.S. how did the cricket go?!
Australia thumped Jordan 4-0 in Melbourne today to leave themselves on the brink of qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
The hosts moved up to second place in qualifying Group B and know victory at home to Iraq next Tuesday will seal their place in Brazil next summer, alongside pool winners Japan.