For a team that had to fight for goals, Australian strikers showed their value against Palestine in Dubai on Friday.
While Andrew Nabbout has yet to perform in the two games of Socceroos, both Jamie Maclaren and Apostolos Giannou were on the scorer in the 3-0 victory of the Asian Cup.
With Tomi Juric neglected by trainer Graham Arnold, Martin Boyle has ruled out the pre-tournament with injury and Mat Leckie is still recovering from a biceps femoris ripped Asian Cup.
Nabbout was expected to be leading, but a crotch injury before a 1-0 loss to Jordan meant that Arnold had to turn to his options alternatives to Maclaren and Giannou, based in Cyprus.
Despite making a gap in their opening match, Maclaren opened the scoring against Palestine for his first international goal in his tenth appearance at Socceroos.
G iannou then stepped off the bench and headed to third place in Australia at 90th, a notable moment for a man who had been included in the Socceroos team at the last minute # 39; Boyle injury after a friendly pre-tournament against Oman.
It was the second goal of the 28-year-old in seven appearances with the Socceroos and with Nabbout who could be fit for the last group match of Tuesday against Syria, Graham Arnold is a welcome headache of selection.
"All right, everyone is in good shape", said Giannou
"We have a good selection of players. these competitions to try and win.
"I feel positive and I'm happy for Jamie who will score." Australia enters their last group game knowing that a draw will be enough for them to secure second place with Jordan who has already achieved the first place, Syria must win to have any chance of progressing after a draw without goals with Palestine and a 2-0 defeat against the Jordanians
Giannou said that he hopes the situation could mean more space for Australian strikers while Syria is aiming for victory  "I hope it would make our game a lot easier," said Giannou. "I think we can exploit their weaknesses much better this way."