Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has snapped in his post-match media conference, struggling to contain his emotion after the Socceroos' 2-1 win over Thailand.
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5 Sep 2017 - 11:55 PM  UPDATED 5 Sep 2017 - 11:55 PM

An exasperated Ange Postecoglou has lamented the fact that the most-dominant performance of his coaching career hasn't yielded a result to match.

The Socceroos were 2-1 winners over Thailand on Tuesday night at AAMI Park on Melbourne, but the scoreline didn't go anywhere near telling the story.

Australia attacked from the kickoff until the final whistle, and had tallied 29 shots before one finally went in.

But not even Tomi Juric's 69th-minute opener could open the floodgates.

Thailand's Pokklaw Anan equalised on the counter, before Mat Leckie won the game for Australia.

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After the match, an emotionally charged Postecoglou struggled to find the words to describe what he had seen.

"If there was a more one-sided contest, I don't think I've ever seen it," he said.

"45 shots; 20 odd inside the box, three posts; one cleared off the line. The goalkeeper's pulled off some great saves.

"Usually when the evidence is so overwhelming, you get the rewards. Tonight we didn't."

It remains to be seen whether the result will damn the Socceroos.

The win lifts Australia three points above Saudi Arabia, who kick off their final match at 3:30am on Wednesday (AEST) with already qualified Japan.

If Australia had scored four or five, the Saudis would have needed a two or three-goal victory to reach Russia.

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As it stands, any win will be enough for the Green Falcons.

"If we had have got one earlier, it might have opened them up a bit. It's heartbreaking for the players," he said.

Postecoglou snapped when asked to summarise his 10-game qualifying campaign.

"It's been unbelievable and it's been magnificent," he said sarcastically.

"I've been sitting here frustrated for the last two years, listening to some of the garbage being thrown around at these players," he said.

"It's tough qualifying for a World Cup. It's even tougher when it's your first one.

"We've played 10 games and lost one. They've done everything I've asked of them.

"You know what? Yeah that's all I've got to say."