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Socceroos bounce back

IT has taken seven months, but the Socceroos have finally rediscovered how to win - and it could not have come at a better time.

Tim Cahill, Matt McKay and Archie Thompson all scored in the 3-0 win against Lebanon in a friendly in Beirut yesterday morning.

It was the Socceroos first win since beating Saudi Arabia 4-2 in Melbourne in February and it will give the side plenty of confidence ahead of next week's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Jordan.

Cahill, and then McKay, both found the back of net within the first 23 minutes before Thompson came off the bench and slotted home his first goal in green and gold in six years, two minutes from time.

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was largely a spectator throughout his milestone 100th international appearance.

Australia is aiming for its third consecutive World Cup and captain Lucas Neill said the win against Lebanon was an ideal way to lead into the showdown with Jordan.

"It was a really encouraging performance tonight," he said. "We were disappointing against Scotland (Australia lost 3-1 last month), we knew we had to be better, we knew we had to put a lot of hard work in and we've done that this week.

"I think we've been rewarded for a good preparation and I think we've put ourselves in a perfect place now for Jordan."

Schwarzer agreed with his captain.

"It's a big challenge (against Jordan), the conditions are going to be very, very extreme again," he said. "Today was a good preparation for us. Hopefully we can go to Jordan and continue where we left off today."

The Socceroos face Jordan at 2am (AEST) on Wednesday.

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