Socceroos coach Holger Osieck.
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck. SMP Images - Charles Knight

Socceroos an 'enormous disappointment'

THE Socceroos face a fight to reach the World Cup after they slumped to a shock 2-1 away defeat to Jordan, producing a pitiful performance which coach Holger Osieck described as an "enormous disappointment".

The atmosphere at the King Abdullah Stadium in Amman was electric after outsider Jordan, thrashed 6-0 by Japan in June, claimed an unlikely win thanks to second-half goals by Hassan Abdel-Fattah Mahmoud and Amer Deeb.

Australia pulled a goal back through substitute Archie Thompson late on, but poor finishing and frantic defending allowed Jordan to claim the memorable win.

Jordan, ranked 87th in the world to Australia's 25th, is now in second place on four points in Group B and in one of the pool's two automatic qualifying berths for a place at the finals in Brazil in 2014.

Australia has two points from three matches and is level with Iraq and Oman in the standings, eight points behind Asian champion Japan.

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