Tim Cahill, the talisman whose final World Cup game produced such a brilliant sign off goal, will be missing through suspension.
An enormous, loud, explosive bang, one which would send even more tremors through a football world which has already been shaken it to its foundations by events in Brazil.
It also performed with great credit against Chile aside from a horror period when, overawed and frozen in the environment, it conceded two goals.
Porto Alegre, Brazil: For the Socceroos, the World (Cup) can end, not with a whimper but a bang.
that would be occasioned by a loss to the footballing minnow of Australia might be enough to galvanise the Galacticos.
Coach Ange Postecoglou has insisted all along that this World Cup is not just a learning experience and he will be desperate to ensure Australia does not go home empty handed.
Of course there is always the risk that a great champion has one last great effort still in his locker, and the possibility of enduring the sheer ignominy Air Max 95 Sneakerboot Black
Older, slower, less hungry and simply tired and worn out, this Spain looks vulnerable and ready for the taking.
This looks to be of the latter variety, and why shouldn't Australia fancy itschances of delivering the coup de grace?
Postecoglou has promised that the Socceroos will take the game to the Spaniards, and why wouldn't they?
Can Australia deliver the coup de grace for fallen champions Spain
It's no good rueing what might have been.
The ''attack is the best form of defence'' mentality has put them right in the two games they have already played against two of the World Cup's form teams.
Not only that, but itsclub sides ruled the roost in Europe: the Madrids of Athletico and Real contested the Champions League final less than a month ago, while Sevilla took out Europe's secondary Cup, the Europa League.
Barcelona had set a standard by which all had to be judged with itsstupendous play for four or five years and it barely seemed as though anyone else would ever get a look in.
But eras end: sometimes slowly, with a painful decline as great powers wither into irrelevance, and sometimes dramatically and violently, in revolution.
Spain's tika taka football, or at least the version it now performs, is a pale imitation of the style that once delivered death to itsopponents.
ensurethis momentum continues. What better way to do so than by completing the interment of the fallen champions?
The coach has always insisted that it is his team structure and tactical approach that is paramount, which will be put to the test in the Spain game as numerous first team players will be missing.
The Socceroos arguably, save for five minutes of madness against Chile in their opening game, could be going into this match with two draws under their belt and a real chance of qualifying if they could beat the dethroned world champions.
Victorious in the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, itsdominance was greater than any other nation had achieved in the modern era.
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Spaniards' (1 5 and 0 2).
Which is why it would be folly to say Australia will beat Spain. But, on what we have seen so far, there is a chance that it might.
Spain, the masters of the universe these past six years, have not just been dethroned; its demise has been like one of those coups in which the ruler of a one party state has been Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Jacquard Men's overthrown and he and his family taken out in the city square and summarily executed by gun toting rebels.
Australia has performed with huge credit its muscular approach allied to a structured commitment to passing and attacking has won fans all over the world but Spain's efforts, given the quality at its disposal and the records it has set, have been abject.
For Spain had exerted its own version of a footballing tyranny, holding the world under their heel.
The rollercoaster game against the Netherlands was the best of what has been a marvellous tournament so far, a match in which unconsidered Australians showed it had what it takes to go toe to toe with a side many fancy to win the entire tournament.
And that speaks volumes not just about the decline of the once great champions, but of the progress the upstart Aussies have made in two games.
After all, Australia's results against the Netherlands (2 3) and Chile (1 3) are much better than the Air Max Empire
And it's not just the results although they, in the end, are all that matters.
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