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Australian football team in Dhaka for FIFA WC Qualifier against Bangladesh

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The sixth-time World Cup-playing Australian Football team arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday to play their Group 1 away match of the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup against hosts Bangladesh on Thursday (June 6).

The match will kick off at 4:45 pm at the Bashundhara Kings Arena in the capital, according to UNB.

The Australian team reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 12:15 pm via Thailand. The team will return home on Thursday evening soon after playing the match.

They were eliminated from the 2nd round of the last FIFA World Cup held in Qatar in 2022 losing to Argentina by 1-2 goal.

The touring Aussies team will make their lone practice session on Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the match venue -- Bashundhara Kings Arena.

However, Bangladesh will play war-torn Arabian nation Lebanon in their last Group I away match on June 11 at a neutral venue -- Al Saad Club Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

The match will kick off at 7: pm local time and 10: pm Bangladesh time.

Earlier, Australia outplayed Bangladesh by a 7-0 goal in their home match of the ongoing qualifying meet in Australia in November last year.

Earlier, Australia also played Bangladesh twice in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2015 and beat Bangladesh by 4-0 and 5-0 goals respectively.

On completion of four Group I matches, Australia dominated the group table to qualify for the next round with an all-win record securing a full 12 points, war-torn Palestine is in the distant 2nd collecting seven points with two wins one draw and one defeat.

Lebanon is in the 3rd slot securing two points with two draws and two defeats while Bangladesh remained at the bottom with one point from four matches after making a 1-1 draw with Lebanon in their home match in Dhaka.

Earlier, Bangladesh suffered a 0-7 goal defeat against World Cup playing Australia in their away match, drew 1-1 with Arabian nation Lebanon in the home match, suffered a 0-5 defeat against Palestine in their away match in Kuwait and conceded a shocking 0-1 goal defeat in the dying moment against Palestine in their home match in Dhaka.

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