Australia will be without Tim Cahill, David Carney, Harry Kewell and Mark Schwarzer for their upcoming internationals against New Zealand and Serbia.
A number of Asia’s larger nations enjoyed a prosperous week with Australia, Korea Republic, China and Qatar among those buoyed by impressive displays ahead of the rapidly approaching Brazil 2014 qualifiers.
Holger Osieck has hailed his Australia players following their 2-1 win away to Germany, and opined on what was key to turning a half-time deficit into a victory.
David Carney and Luke Wilkshire scored second-half goals to give Australia an historic 2-1 win over Germany in Monchengladbach, despite falling behind to an early strike from Mario Gomez.
Australia and three-time continental champions Japan won their respective semi-finals at Qatar 2011, albeit in vastly contrasting fashion, to set up an intriguing title decider between Asia's two top-ranked teams.
Australia fullback David Carney speaks to FIFA.com about his move to the Premier League with Blackpool and reflects on the Socceroos' FIFA World Cup adventure and AFC Asian Cup ambitions.