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Olyroos captain Callum Talbot says rather than dwell on what might have been against Jordan, the Australians had to focus on delivering in two “massive” matches to ensure their Paris Olympics qualification dreams remained alive.

Having struggled in attack in their 0-0 draw with Jordan at the AFC under-23 Asian Cup, the Olyroos can ill-afford to falter in their remaining Group A games – Thursday night’s battle with Indonesia and Monday morning’s clash with tournament hosts Qatar.

The Olyroos must finish first or second in their group to reach the quarter-finals.

From there, they need to secure a top-three tournament finish to guarantee themselves a spot at this year’s Paris Olympics.

Finishing fourth will force the Olyroos to qualify for Paris via a playoff against the fourth-placed African confederation nation, Guinea.

“There’s no point in worrying about what happened (against Jordan),” right-back Talbot said.

“It’s obviously disappointing. We should have got the three points out of that game … (but) now we can worry about what’s going to happen in the next couple of games, and these next two games are massive for us.

“We’ll regroup and put our best foot forward.”

Qatar top Group A with three points after beating Indonesia 2-0 on Tuesday morning.

Olyroos goalkeeper Patrick Beach, who like Talbot is part of Melbourne City’s A-League squad, said the Australians would not fall into the trap of underestimating Indonesia.

“We treat every opponent with respect, and we know there are going to be no easy games,” the 20-year-old gloveman said.

“They’re all tough opponents in their own way and it’s down to us to really make sure we’re the best we can be on the day and make sure we get all three points.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game but we’re ready for that challenge.”