The Socceroos have successfully sealed entry to the third spherical of qualifying for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup with a cushty 5-1 win over Taiwan.
Harry Souttar headed Australia in entrance within the eleventh minute, with Jamie Maclaren and Trent Sainsbury additionally scoring within the first half earlier than Mitch Duke added a second-half brace.
Australia now have a most 18 factors from six video games — with video games in opposition to Nepal and Jordan remaining — to sit down prime of Group B, with a top-two end assured.
Even when the Socceroos let prime spot slip to Jordan, they’ll virtually definitely be one of many four-best runners-up that additionally advance to the following section together with the eight group winners.
Graham Arnold rotated his total beginning XI from the crew that beat Kuwait 3-0.
Macarthur FC midfielder Denis Genreau began on debut with Arnold introducing Connor Metcalfe within the sixty fourth minute and Ruon Tongyik within the 86th for his or her maiden caps.
Kenny Dougall and Riley McGree made their first begins within the inexperienced and gold, whereas defender Curtis Good began at left-back for his first cap since his 2014 debut.
The Socceroos had been busy early and took the lead when McGree picked out Souttar from a nook and the Stoke Metropolis defender powered house a back-post header.
Maclaren was hacked down as he streaked in direction of objective within the twenty sixth minute and blasted the penalty down the center a minute later to double Australia’s lead.
Three minutes later, Brandon Borrello spurned a golden alternative when he put a tap-in onto the submit.
Within the forty first minute, McGree floated in a nook to the far submit the place Sainsbury, carrying the captain’s armband, comfortably headed house.
Lower than a minute into the second half, Genreau burst ahead and located Borrello, whose intelligent cross was effectively met by Duke on the close to submit — for his first Socceroos objective since 2013.
The Aussies would have been upset after conceding off the again of sloppy defending within the 62nd minute.
Tu Shao-chieh burst ahead and reduce the ball again for the inexplicably unmarked Wei-Jie Gao, who smacked a first-time shot previous Danny Vukovic.
Striker Nikita Rukavytsya made his first look since November 2017 within the 74th minute.
Ten minutes later, substitute Ajdin Hrustic dropped a intelligent ball to Rukavytsya who held his floor and reduce the ball again for Duke to bury his second and spherical out the outcome.