Australia’s start to World Cup qualification was a complete success: in the first game of the second round, the Down Under team won 7-0 against Bangladesh.
Three goals against Bangladesh: Former Darmstadt man Jamie McClaren
It was a walk for the Australians to enter the second round of the World Cup qualifiers in Asia. Coach Graham Arnold’s squad started with two second division specialists from FC St. Pauli in Metcalfe and Irvine and former Bundesliga player Borrello (FCK, Düsseldorf, Freiburg, Dresden). However, defenseman Souter got on the scoreboard for the first time; A Leicester City defender gave the favorites the lead in the 4th minute.
Before the break, the result increased against Bangladesh in the 2022 World Cup Round of 16 (1:2 against eventual world champions Argentina): Borello and striker Duke’s brace ensured a perfect half-time score of 4-0.
Duke of McLaren
At the start of the second half, the two-time goalscorer stayed in the dressing room, but Arnold brought on ex-Darmstadt attacker McLaren – and he fared better than his fellow striker.
With a hat-trick between the 48th and 84th minutes, the 30-year-old is now on the hunt for goals in his hometown of Melbourne. The eighth goal was at Luongo’s feet, but his nerves failed him in the last minute from the spot.
Targets and cards
M. Marma – B. Ghosh Kasi, H. Murat S. Uddin – J. Buyan M. Ritoi, Sohel Rana, F. Ahmed Fahim – M Rahman Joni, R Hossain
In Group I, Australia take on Palestine in Kuwait on Tuesday. Another team opponent is the Lebanon national team.
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