A volley from Nicholas Cowburn gave Australia the lead after only eight minutes, while Stefan Mauk doubled their advantage after halftime. 

While that was enough to give Ante Milicic's side victory in Jiangsu, China, Thailand struck back on the 70th minute, leading to some nervy last minutes for the Olyroos. 

Milislav Popovic, Deni Juric, Ajdin Hrustic and Riley McGree all started the match, getting some crucial minutes under their belt before the tournament after arriving from foreign clubs.

Australia kick off their Championship campaign against Syria on January 11, then face Vietnam and South Korea to round off the group stage.