Australia has become the latest team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup joining Brazil and Japan, following a 1-0 win over Iraq on Tuesday. Socceroos head coach Holger Osieck made a late substitution with the score tied at nil, when he put Josh Kennedy in the game in favor of Tim Cahill. The substitution paid off.
In the 83rd minute, Kennedy found the back of the net to give Australia the one goal lead and eventual win.
With the goal, Australia qualified for its third straight World Cup as they become the third team to qualify for next summer’s event in Rio.
“I’m proud of everybody,” said captain Lucas Neill after the win, via CBC. “It’s been a really tough campaign. We’ve stuck at it, showed mental strength. Sorry, it wasn’t pretty. But we’ve beaten what was in front of us and pushed ourselves on to a very exciting tournament.”
Australia will go in to the World Cup with a veteran group of players, but they will face an uphill battle if they are to contend for the highly coveted trophy.