After not playing together for well over a year, Graham Arnold’s men were on top of their game when the Socceroos got the better of Kuwait overnight. Goals from Matthew Leckie, Jackson Irvine and Adjin Hrustic secured another three points in Australia’s World Cup Qualifying campaign.
The win sees the Socceroos maintain their win streak so far in qualifying. Australia has scored 18 goals, conceding just once and coach Graham Arnold gave an insight into the mindset of the players heading into the clash.
“I thought the energy from the boys was great, I’ve been harping on the boys since we got into camp that the family culture is like anything in life” Arnold said.
“If you’ve been away from your family for a year and you have a culture that way it only takes you a day to reconnect and the boys proved that tonight”.
Socceroos in cruise control against Kuwait
The Socceroos barely got out of second gear against Kuwait. They opened the scoring inside a minute thanks to the skipper on the night Matthew Leckie and never looked back.
Jackson Irvine followed in Tim Boyle’s failed penalty to rifle home his shot. Ajdin Hrustic who won many plaudit’s for his performance scored a fabulous free-kick to put the result beyond doubt.
Arnold was full of praise after his side’s dominant win.
“They played a very good game, overall it was a great performance and should make the country proud” Arnold said.
“Overall the boys did a fantastic job, it was a dream start and something that no doubt people will be talking about back home”.
The player that stole the show against Kuwait was Adjin Hrustic in just his fourth Socceroos appearance. He won the penalty for Australia’s second goal and scored a superb free-kick to cap off an outstanding night.
Arnold praised Hrustic’s ability to take on defenders and his wide range of passing were a feature.
“Physically his body is so much stronger, he’s a star for the next generation”
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Dougall caps off perfect week
Another player who is in fine form is Kenny Dougall. Arnold was happy for his midfielder and wanted to cap off the midfielders week in the best way possible.
“Kenny Dougall, I really wanted to cap him today to really top off a fantastic week for him personally, it’s a week he’ll never forget Arnold said.
Dougall spoke after the game about his first international cap. As well as what was going through his head when Graham Arnold called him over to be subbed on.
“Great week for me personally, obviously completely different scenarios, but to get an international cap is special and I will treasure this moment” Dougall said.
“Well obviously it was only 2-0 at the time so it was to try and win the game, you know so I had a job to do”. “Straight away we scored the third goal with a fantastic free-kick which made it easier and then just obviously the boys helped me out a bit”.
Australia now sits five points clear of Kuwait in second position in their World Cup Qualifying group. Next up for the Socceroos is Chinese Tapei on Tuesday.
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