There’s a lengthy method to go however the indicators stay constructive for Graham Arnold’s males after notching their fifth win from 5 qualifiers, and their third in 9 days since arriving in Kuwait to renew on the street to the World Cup.
Arnold once more shuffled his deck to show extra gamers to the rigours of worldwide soccer, handing thrilling Melbourne Metropolis midfielder Connor Metcalfe his maiden worldwide begin, whereas Harry Souttar partnered Milos Degenek within the centre of defence and Adjin Hrustic continued in his broad inventive position.
Ex-Melbourne Victory gloveman Lawrence Thomas was additionally subbed on for his debut, changing Andrew Redmayne for the ultimate eight minutes.
Situations have been as soon as once more extraordinarily robust for the Socceroos – temperatures hovered close to 40 levels at kick-off whereas the pitch was uneven after days of repeated use by the groups within the hub, components that each performed into Nepal’s defensively minded recreation plan.
Ranked 171st on the planet by FIFA, Nepal have been stoic, cussed and properly organised, and would have been happy to have saved Australia to simply two first-half targets and just one after going a person down.
The Socceroos play Jordan on Wednesday morning (AEST) of their remaining project of this worldwide window, with their place atop Group B unassailable irrespective of the outcome.
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