Harry Souttar marked his worldwide debut with a brace and Jamie Maclaren notched a hat-trick as Australia settled for a 5-Zero win over minnows Nepal in World Cup qualifying.
Born in Aberdeen, defender Souttar modified his allegiance to his mom’s homeland earlier this yr and loved a primary look to savour at GIO Stadium in Canberra.
The Fleetwood City centre-back repaid Graham Arnold’s religion with a headed double after a pair of early finishes from Maclaren, who accomplished the scoring and his treble within the closing moments.
Australia’s obvious reluctance to overexert themselves meant the anticipated avalanche of targets by no means really arrived, although the Socceroos did transfer high of Group B, not less than till Kuwait meet Jordan afterward Thursday.
Kiran Chemjong’s failure to understand a Craig Goodwin shot gifted Maclaren the sixth-minute opener and the striker shortly doubled his tally, heading dwelling after Rhyan Grant nodded Aziz Behich’s cross again into the hazard zone.
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The towering Souttar was proving a nuisance at set-pieces and managed to stoop to satisfy Goodwin’s nook for Australia’s third within the 23rd minute.
A fourth would have adopted on the stroke of half-time if not for the match officers, who disallowed a deflected Mathew Leckie effort for offside regardless of Ananta Tamang being accountable for the contact that deceived goalkeeper Chemjong.
There was no denying Souttar a double, although, as his 59th-minute header from Aaron Mooy’s cross dribbled in off Dinesh Rajbanshi.
Arnold turned to his bench after the hour however no different Australian was in a position so as to add their identify to the scoresheet in opposition to the world’s 161st-ranked nation, leaving Maclaren to say the matchball as he fired dwelling within the 90th minute following Jackson Irvine’s cushioned management.
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Kuwait, the workforce Australia brushed apart 3-Zero final month, started the street to Qatar by placing seven previous Nepal, so there have been expectations for the Socceroos to fill their boots within the nation’s capital.
The lengthy distances a lot of Arnold’s gamers coated en path to Australia may be thought-about a mitigating issue however the former Sydney FC boss will anticipate a better diploma of ruthlessness in opposition to Chinese language Taipei subsequent week, notably as his workforce have gone goalless in 4 of eight video games in 2019.
Maclaren makes case for extra minutes
One man who did his job in assault was Melbourne Metropolis ahead Maclaren.
Prolific at A-League stage, he has discovered targets more durable to come back by within the worldwide area however may be happy to have added three extra to the one he notched on the Asian Cup in January.
Targets elude Goodwin
Not like Maclaren, Saudi Arabia-based Goodwin let alternatives go begging too incessantly.
The 27-year-old tried 5 photographs with out scoring, a return that should enhance if he’s to be in competition for a beginning berth on a extra common foundation.
Australia journey to Kaohsiung to satisfy bottom-placed Chinese language Taipei on Tuesday, the identical day as Nepal’s troublesome date with Jordan in Amman.