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Jedinak Goal Helps Australia To Victory

9 September 2014

Eagles skipper Mile Jedinak found himself on the scoresheet for Australia in their 3-2 friendly victory against Saudi Arabia last night.

The Palace and Socceroos captain notched the second of his team's goals to put them in command against the Arabian side at Craven Cottage, but the Aussies had to stave off a late fightback to pick up their first victory in nine matches.

Australia got off to the perfect start when Tim Cahill gave them a second minute lead, before Jedinak doubled the advantage by diverting Josh Brillante's free-kick in with his head after he was left unmarked in the area.

It was Jedinak's sixth goal for his country in 49 appearances, and his second in London this year after getting on the scoresheet at the Den last March against Ecuador.

He went on to play 60 minutes before being brought off, but 10 minutes later Hassan Muath pulled one back for the Saudis.

Bailey Wright seemingly sealed the victory for the Socceroos on 76 minutes by putting them 3-1 ahead, but a late goal from Taisser Al-Jassam made the final stages a bit tricky for the Aussies but ultimately edged home victors.

Having lost 2-0 to Belgium last week, these friendlies are preparations for Australia's 2015 Asian Cup campaign which takes place between the 9th and 31st of January next year, with Jedinak's side handed a qualification spot by hosting the tournament.

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