Socceroos defeated Nepal to secure top spot but have unfinished business

Socceroos winger Martin Boyle. Source @Socceroos twitter

The Socceroos defeated Nepal 3-0 guaranteeing a first-place finish in the second round of World Cup qualifying, additionally securing a place in the 2023 Asian Cup.

An early header from Mathew Leckie off a Boyle cross gave The Socceroos an early lead and the skipper turned provider for Fran Karačić in the 38th minute.

After being released out wide by Karačić, Leckie skipped past a defender and returned the ball for the full-back to make it 2-0.

It was the Brecia defender’s first goal for Australia. The goal in just his second appearance was well deserved after some outstanding performances in his short time as a Socceroo.

Martin Boyle rounded out the scoring in the 57th minute. The winger tapped home from close range following Jackson Irvine’s dangerous cross.

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The Hibernian star was pleased with the win but was hungry for more goals.

““I thought we played great. It could of and should have been more goals. I thought we dictated play from the start, we played at our tempo and created a lot of chances and maybe another day we could have scored more.”

Echoing the teams ambitions when they arrived in Kuwait, Mathew Leckie was keen to look forward to the last game of the round. Only Jordan stands between Australia and a perfect record.

“We came here to win all four games and so far, so good, we’re three from four. [But] we definitely want to go into the last game and look for the ‘W’ as well.

“It’s a good achievement [to top Group B] and that’s what we wanted, but we want more as well. So we will definitely prepare ourselves well for the final game against Jordan.”

Australia’s attack has been clicking, with a rotating roster of forwards they have scored 27 in the seven games of qualifying so far. Leckie was upbeat about the team’s performances in a dominant campaign.

“I think we have been dominant in every game that we have played so far, and sometimes you can be dominant and the chances that you create don’t go in. But we’ve kept going and going and going.

“We got three today, it could have been more, but I think we are doing all the right things, we are getting in the right positions and creating the chances.”

Australia Play Jordan on Wedesnday 16th at 5:00am AEST

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