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Australia captain Lucas Neill insists the team are calm despite their chance to qualify for the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday evening if they defeat an understrength Iraq side at home.

Neill and his team-mates will take on Iraq in Sydney knowing that their fate is in their own hands. Victory would seal the Socceroos' passage to Brazil, but the defender says the camp remains relaxed.

"The atmosphere's been very low-key in a positive way," Neill said. "It's very calm. The manager and the senior players have made sure no one's talking about dancing the samba. Nobody's in Brazil yet.

"We need one game, one win. Then we can start thinking about all the dreams coming true."

Coach Holger Osieck is tipped to stick with the same starting XI which claimed a draw away to Japan a fortnight ago before defeating Jordan in Melbourne last week.

"We know about our actual situation, we are close to terminating our qualifying campaign," Osieck explained.

"We are facing our final game, we are in the position that we definitely would have liked; namely to be able to determine our position ourselves, we don't depend on anybody else. The team is very much aware of it and we are 100% focused to achieve our target."

Iraq, meanwhile, head into the clash with no chance of progressing and without Younis Mahmood and Nashat Akram.


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