Mathew Leckie scored twice as Australia coasted to a Three-Zero victory over Kuwait, launching their mission to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Australia missed out on internet hosting the event, which controversially was awarded to Qatar, however they’re decided to increase their proud qualifying file, having reached every of the final 4 tournaments.
The Socceroos had been jolted by their 1-Zero quarter-final defeat to United Arab Emirates within the Asian Cup in January, and an inexperienced line-up then misplaced by the identical rating in a pleasant in opposition to South Korea in June.
Head coach Graham Arnold got here in after final yr’s World Cup in Russia, the place Australia tumbled out after the group stage, and now’s the time the previous Sydney FC boss should ship.
This was maybe not the match to guage him by, with Australia giving a perfunctory efficiency in opposition to restricted opponents who resorted within the second half to dispensing some tough remedy.
Australia snatched a seventh-minute lead with a scrappy purpose, Jackson Irvine’s undercooked left-footed volley hanging team-mate Adam Taggart first after which bouncing into the web off Leckie.
They had been dealing with a facet that beat Nepal 7-Zero of their opening second-round Group B qualifier final week – begging the query of what number of Australia may rating once they come to face the Himalayan facet subsequent month.
Kuwait labored onerous however carried little menace, and Irvine and Taggart each spurned probabilities earlier than the second purpose arrived for Australia on the half-hour mark.
Aaron Mooy’s nook from the correct discovered Irvine past the far publish, and he nodded down in the direction of the six-yard field for Leckie to smash dwelling from shut vary for his second purpose.
Irvine whistled a shot simply broad from 15 yards when he maybe ought to have carried out higher, earlier than Mooy grabbed the third purpose for the Socceroos within the 38th minute, rifling a 22-yard shot into the highest proper nook as the house facet didn’t clear their traces.
The second half was somewhat a non-event, Hussain Al Moussawi and Yousef Naser threatening comfort targets for Kuwait however unable to discover a well past Mat Ryan.
What does it imply? Australia get the job carried out
If something, Australia emerge with credit score for by no means wanting at risk. Earlier Socceroos groups have made a nasty behavior of dropping an away qualifier to supposedly vastly inferior opposition. That was by no means on the playing cards.
As their cricketing countrymen would agree, success will be cyclical. The lads in dishevelled inexperienced endured a rocky patch or two earlier than hitting their present Ashes excessive, and the Socceroos are undoubtedly a piece in progress, their followers ready for this era to show they’ve what it takes to be excessive achievers.
Their squad seems to be maybe as sturdy as ever, with a big quantity taking part in at a excessive degree in Europe, however as a group they’ve but to completely click on.
Mooy the merrier
Mooy has seen treasured little Premier League motion since shifting from Huddersfield City to Brighton and Hove Albion, however he was a lynchpin of the Australia facet on this sport and his beautiful strike was simply reward.He may not have the aptitude of a Harry Kewell or the instinctive nostril for purpose of Tim Cahill, regardless of his screamer on this event, however Mooy will be pivotal over this marketing campaign.
Australia welcome Nepal to Canberra on October 10 and may certainly fill their boots with targets. Kuwait go to Jordan on the identical day.