The Socceroos have progressed easily into the third spherical of qualifiers for the World Cup, guaranteeing high spot in Group B with a 3-0 win over Nepal.
First-half targets from Mathew Leckie and Fran Karačić had Graham Arnold’s aspect sitting comfortably at Kuwait’s Jaber Al-Ahmad Worldwide Stadium, earlier than Martin Boyle’s close-range end made it 3-0 after the break.
With seven wins from seven video games, Australia are by means of to the subsequent spherical of qualification no matter the results of their fixture in opposition to Jordan on Wednesday morning.
The victory additionally stretched the Socceroos’ successful streak away from dwelling to 6 — a run not achieved because the Sixties.
“Probably the most pleasing facet was the quantity of possibilities we created,” coach Arnold, whose aspect had 28 pictures, with 12 on the right track, stated.
“It’s a must to give credit score to Nepal, they fought and fought and fought. They did not cease operating and combating.
As soon as once more, Arnold rotated his squad for the competition, with Mitch Duke and Harry Souttar the one gamers to retain their beginning position from the aspect that downed Taiwan 5-1 on Tuesday.
Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was handed his first motion of the marketing campaign, whereas Melbourne Metropolis’s Connor Metcalfe made his first worldwide begin.
The Socceroos struck early when Aziz Behich picked out Leckie with a ball from the left that the 30-year-old powered dwelling with a header within the sixth minute.
Ranked 171st on this planet, the Nepalese supplied little in the best way of attacking menace however, labelled “heroes” by their coach after the sport, produced a dogged defensive show.
Regardless of their efforts, the Nepalese had been no match for Australia’s rampant strikers, who’ve now scored 11 targets within the Kuwait bubble over the previous week and a half.
Persevering with to press his case to grow to be Australia’s long-term right-back, Karačić netted his maiden worldwide aim, handing over a Leckie cutback to make it 2-0 within the thirty eighth minute.
Moments earlier than half time, Nepal had been diminished to 10-men after defender Rohit Chand was despatched off after being adjudged to have unfairly introduced down Boyle as he bore down on aim.
After squandering two possibilities, Boyle made it 3-0 within the 57th when he poked dwelling from an inch-perfect go from his Hibernian teammate Jackson Irvine.
It was virtually 4-0 simply two minutes later, however Leckie’s header from an Ajdin Hrustic nook rebounded off the publish and again into play.
The Socceroos will spherical off their second-round marketing campaign in Kuwait at 5am AEST on Wednesday in opposition to Jordan.