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Australia women's coach Alen Stajcic plays down Japan victory

Australia women's team vs. Japan
Lisa De Vanna opened the scoring in Australia's 3-1 win over Japan in Osaka.

Australia women's football coach Alen Stajcic says his team still have a tough road ahead if they are to secure a ticket to the Rio Olympics, despite opening their qualification campaign with a famous 3-1 win over Japan in Osaka.

It was a first-ever win for the Matildas over a former world champion in a tournament match, and the result also ended a six-match losing streak against the Asian champions and London Olympic silver medallists.

Australia went ahead thanks to a rare headed goal from Lisa...

Jedinak and Cahill inspire Australia to AFC WCQ victory over Kyrgyzstan

Australian captain Mile Jedinak gave the Socceroos the lead from the penalty spot in the 40th minute.

Captain Mile Jedinak helped Australia get their AFC World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a first-half penalty in his comeback from injury in the 3-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra.

Referee Kim Sang-woo pointed to the spot in the 39th minute after the jinking run of substitute Nathan Burns was met by a clumsy challenge from midfielder Islam Shamshiev.

Jedinak, playing his 60th international, placed his spot kick into the top right hand corner past goalkeeper Pavel Matiash in his...