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Jedinak Equals Record As Australia Win

24 March 2016

Mile Jedinak became the joint-most capped international player in Crystal Palace history when he captained Australia in a World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan in Adelaide on Thursday morning UK time.

The central midfielder's 36th appearance for the Socceroos since joining the Eagles drew him level with former Finnish international Aki Riihilahti, who represented the Finns 36 times during his five years in SE25.

Jedinak marked the occasion in impressive fashion by scoring from the spot on 12 minutes to double the home side's lead, which had been established two minutes into the game by Queens Park Rangers' Massimo Luongo.

Jedinak's goal was his tenth for Australia since joining Palace in 2011 (he has 12 in total for his country) which is also a club record, though he had already broken that one when he grabbed his eighth and ninth strikes against Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh in November 2015.

At half time, with Australia comfortably leading 2-0, the Eagles midfielder was withdrawn. Mark Mulligan added a third from the spot after the restart, then braces from Nathan Burns and Tom Rogic followed as the Socceroos ran riot and cruised to a 7-0 victory to remain at the top of their group.

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