They might be enduring a brutally short turnaround between their Asian Cup matches but Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is confident he's successfully staved off squad burn-out before their semi-final with the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday night.
Just 48 hours after being eliminated from the Asian Cup, Iran claimed that Iraq must be banned from the tournament for fielding an ineligible player. However, at 7.30pm their complaint was dismissed, meaning Iraq will face South Korea as planned with Abdul-Zahra taking the field.
What's with the red cap? Perhaps the only mystery about a UAE team standing between Australia and a place in the final of the Asian Cup is the plain, unsponsored, cap worn by their coach, who's never seen in public without it.
With the exception of their group stage defeat against South Korea, goalkeeper Mat Ryan believes the Socceroos have ticked every other box in this Asian Cup and are perfectly placed to take the next step in Tuesday night's semi-final against the United Arab Emirates.
While Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury concedes United Arab Emirates megastar Omar Abdulrahman is the player to stop in Tuesday's Asian Cup semi-final in Newcastle, he feels the attacking midfielder may have a chink in his armour.
Stadium Australia, Monday, 8pm
Matildas and Canberra United goalkeeper Lydia Williams is drawing inspiration from David Pocock's comeback.
Two of the big guns delivered in the Asian Cup, two haven't.