After a poor performance against Jordan, the Socceroos emphatically bounced back with dominant wins over Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.

The long road to Russia continued in Canberra as the Socceroos put in a dominant performance in the nation's capital, putting Kyrgyzstan to the sword 3-0.

Amid safety concerns and an appeal rejected by FIFA, Ange Postecoglou and his troops travelled to South Asia to take on Bangladesh. The game was virtually won by half-time as a Tim Cahill hat-trick, followed up by a captain's goal by Mile Jedinak was enough to secure a 4-0 win.

By statistics Tim Cahill is having his greatest year in national team colours, scoring 9 goals in 12 games. The all-time leading goalscorer is only five short of reaching a half century of international goals. With a goal to game ratio of over 0.5, Cahill has a better record than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, Lionel Messi with Argentina and Wayne Rooney with England.

The news got better for Socceroo fans after waking up this morning to Kyrgyzstan defeating Jordan resulting in Australia being placed on top of the group with two games to go.