It’s a long way to go, but the Graham Arnold boys have regained their way to the World Cup with their fifth win in five qualifying rounds and their third win nine days after arriving in Kuwait.
Arnold shuffled the deck again, exposing more players to the rigors of international football and giving the exciting Melbourne City midfielder Connor Metcalfe his first international start.
Former Melbourne Victory gloveman Lawrence Thomas also made his debut, replacing Andrew Redmayne for the last eight minutes.
For Socceroos, the conditions were once again very harsh. At the kick-off, the temperature was close to 40 degrees Celsius, and after many days of repeated use by the hub team, the pitch was choppy. This is a factor that influenced Nepal’s defensive game plan.
Ranked 171st in the world by FIFA, Nepal was stoic, stubborn and well organized. I would have been happy if I had only two goals in the first half and one goal after defeating the man.
Socceroos will face Jordan on Wednesday morning (AEST) in the final assignment of this international window. Regardless of the outcome, you cannot be at the top of Group B.
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Socceroos defeat Nepal to reach the next World Cup qualifying stage
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