Socceroos Dominate Kuwait
Published: 16 October 2018
Kuwait v Socceroos
Graham Arnold has started his second stint as Socceroos boss with a solid win against Kuwait.
Arnold last coached the team in 2007 and with him back at the helm, new players and a new philosophy, the team had everything to play for.
After a week of training in Dubai, the new-look team took on the ranked 159th team on their home soil in Kuwait City, and made it the first win for them in this part of the world. At the commencement of this match, the Socceroos were ranked 43.
The teams last went into battle against each other for the Asian Cup qualifier in Melbourne back in 2015.
The Australian team started strong and held the game early in the Kuwait half of the pitch
At the 12 minute mark, Australia took the first goal with Kuwait finding their own net after a strong delivery from Robbie Kruse.
The defenders were caught napping at the 21 minute mark, as Giannou scored his first international goal off a cross from Irvine.
Kuwait came back much stronger in the second half, but it was too late, the Socceroos found their stride and doubled the score to win four goals to zero with a total possession time of 58%.
12 Minutes - Khalid El Ebrahim (Kuwait) own goal 0-1
21 Minutes - Apostolos Giannou (Australia) 0-2
82 Minutes - Tom Rogic (Australia) 0-3
88 Minutes - Awer Mabil (Australia) 0-4
The upcoming Socceroos fixtures to be LIVE streamed on tenplay will be announced soon.
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City broadcast LIVE on ONE and streamed LIVE on tenplay.com.au from 7.00pm AEDT, Saturday 20th October 2018