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Jun 10, 2013

Beating Socceroos is our aim, say Jordan

Jordan say they will play to win rather than park the bus against the Socceroos in the World Cup qualifying match they say is the most important in the country's history.

Ranked 57 in the world and having never qualified for the World Cup finals, the Middle Eastern nation has its best chance ever to make it.

Their equation is the same as the Socceroos - win both remaining qualifiers starting with Tuesday night's clash with Australia in Melbourne and book a spot in Brazil next year.

Playing defensively and getting a draw at Etihad Stadium would then require a win over Oman in their last match, and favours elsewhere.

But that's something Jordan coach Adnan Hamad is adamant his side doesn't see as their Plan A.

"We're here for the win. Our aim is to earn three points in tomorrow's match," Hamad said on Monday through an interpreter when asked if a draw would be a good result for his side.

"It's the biggest match in the history of Jordanian football, and we have all intention of getting the best result from this match."

Jordan have already beaten both the Socceroos and Group B's top side Japan, who have already qualified for Brazil.

But both wins were at home in Amman, where they have an imposing record which dissipates somewhat when they leave the Middle East.

Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill believes Jordan can't afford to sweat on a draw, and will need to play a more up-tempo game which may work to Australia's advantage.

"The way the mathematics is working out, maybe they need to go for maximum points here," Neill said.

"If they don't get the points, they don't finish second or third.

"We both need the points so we're both going to have to go for the points.

"At some stage they're going to have to show their hand."

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