Tajikistan coach Ergashev Mubin had suggested in the run-up to the World Cup qualifier against Australia that securing a draw would be the summit of his team's ambitions, and even that was probably beyond his young side's wildest dreams.
It was a dream for the central Asians on Thursday night all right, but one of the nightmare variety as the Socceroos shrugged aside the difficulties presented by a substandard surface to romp to a 7-0 victory in front of 35,439 fans at Adelaide Oval.
Socceroos trounce Tajikistan
Greece-born Apostolos Giannou makes an instant impact for Australia in a 7-0 drubbing of Tajikistan in a World Cup qualifier.
Melbourne City midfielder Aaron Mooy was excellent as the Socceroos' creative fulcrum, while new boy Apostolos Giannou enjoyed an impressive debut, getting an assist credit for four of the goals.
Tom Rogic showed his class, bagging two goals in a matter of three second-half minutes shortly after replacing Massimo Luongo, while Nathan Burns also scored twice.
In truth it could have been many more: Australia hit the woodwork on numerous occasions as they laid siege to the outclassed Tajiks' goal in the second half.
A goal down inside two minutes thanks to Luongo's well-struck drive from the edge of the penalty area and two behind in 12 minutes after Mile Jedinak's penalty, the team from the former Soviet Central Asian Republic knew their fate early.
Australia's profligate forwards probably could not believe the amount of space they were being given, proving the old axiom that sometimes the less time a player is given to think about finishing, the more instinctive and effective he will be.
Had they taken all their chances the scoreboard, even at half-time, would have done justice to a venue that traditionally hosts cricket and Australian Rules, sports where the tallies are much higher.
So dominant were the Socceroos that had coach Ange Postecoglou developed an unexpected Corinthian streak and offered to take off his goalkeeper Mat Ryan to even things up a little, few in the stands would have worried a great deal about Australia's ability to keep a clean sheet.
Postecoglou has spoken often in recent months about his desire to strengthen his squad's depth, to find a stream of new players to put pressure on the current incumbents.
Australia is well served for midfielders and in the heart of defence, but the coach is keen to bolster stocks in both the full-back and striking areas.
To that end he shuffled his pack for this game, giving exciting youngster Brad Smith, who is at Premier League giants Liverpool, a shot in the left-back role.
Most interesting of all for a team that still relies too heavily on the goalscoring contributions of Socceroo legend Tim Cahill, Postecoglou gave a debut to Giannou, a central striker who learned the game in Melbourne but developed it in the Greek Superleague, where he spent some eight years before moving to China in the January transfer window.
Tall and rangy, Giannou's mobility is his strong suit and he quickly showed his willingness to lead the line
It took him less than two minutes to make his first major contribution in Australian colours, receiving the ball from Nathan Burns on the left before moving it back to Luongo for the midfielder to beat Tajikistan's 40-year-old goalkeeper Tuychiev Alisher from outside the penalty area.
He also set up the second goal, which came 10 minutes later. Running on to a Jedinak through ball, Giannou advanced on goal only to be upended by Tuychiev.
Jedinak slotted the spot-kick with ease and it appeared certain that the floodgates would open.
Somehow Australia did not add to their opening brace in the first 45 minutes.
Mathew Leckie's workrate and industry is prodigious, but for a striker he doesn't hit the target as often as he would like and he spurned the numerous chances that came his way.
Mark Milligan, on at half-time for Jedinak, put the result beyond with a 57th-minute penalty. Again it was Giannou who created the chance after he was hauled down in the box by Ergashev Davronjon. Nathan Burns made it four from a cross by the excellent Mooy 10 minutes later.
Rogic struck twice shortly after coming on, while Burns nabbed his second. Giannou was close, but not quite close enough.
As a morale booster, this was a great evening. As a tough workout it left something to be desired. Jordan next week will provide a stiffer test, as the battle for top spot in this group goes down to the wire.