Cahill, Kruse ensure Aussie victory
Australia sauntered to a 2-1 win over hapless Wales in their international friendly. Australia's attacking midfielder Tim Cahill scored on his return to international action after a near eight-month absence, while Robbie Kruse added a second before Darcy Blake got a late goal for the hosts.
The hosts had been boosted by the return of star player Gareth Bale after a four-match absence
due to injury, while Australia enjoyed the return of Cahill, who hasn't played for them since the AFC Asian Cup in January.
The game came alive after a tame opening half-hour when Aussie stalwart Luke Wilkshire fired in a fierce effort which beat Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, but the 30-year-old Dynamo Moscow midfielder was denied by the post.
However, Wilkshire was to turn provider for the opener as his 44th-minute cross was met on the volley by the irrepressible Cahill, leaving Hennessey no chance.
The hosts had precious little opportunity in the first half and their only cause for complaint at not going in on level terms was their calls for penalty prior to Cahill's goal.
It was Bale who was at the centre of it as the Tottenham Hotspur winger got away from his marker and broke into the box before being bundled over by Brett Emerton - who became the Socceroos second most capped player with 87 - but the play was waved on.
Wales coach Gary Speed acted at half-time to try and get a bit more sparkle into his team, taking off captain Aaron Ramsey and pushing Bale into a more central role.
However, that failed to have an impact and it was the visitors who doubled their lead on the hour mark as Kruse knocked the ball into the net after Hennessey had palmed the ball out.
Wales made a game of it in the final ten minutes when Blake struck, making no mistake from inside the area, but despite a final surge the Aussies ran out deserved winners.