Socceroos news: Australia vs Oman winning record, 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying result
The Socceroos have made history with a streak never matched in football after a statement victory in World Cup qualifying.
The Socceroos have become the first team to win 11 consecutive games in a World Cup qualification campaign.
Graham Arnold’s side were too classy for Oman in Doha on Friday morning and a 3-1 win keeps the Socceroos at the top of Group B.
A late goal from substitute Mitch Duke put an exclamation point on the win following earlier goals from Awer Mabil and Martin Boyle.
The win sees the Socceroos jump above the 10-game winning streak record they had shared with Germany (Russia 2018), Spain (South Africa 2010) and Mexico (Germany 2006).
The Socceroos were made to fight for the result and were locked at 1-1 at half time.
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Mabil’s sizzling volley was the highlight of the night for Australia, who now head into Tuesday’s qualifier against Japan as the form team in Asia.
As reported by NCA Newswire, the Socceroos are on track to secure a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar sitting at the top of their pool in the third round of Asian Football Confederation qualifiers.
The top two teams from Groups A and B will automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup.
Needing the half-time break to regain their composure, the Socceroos regained the lead four minutes into the second half.
Playmaker Tom Rogic, making his 50th appearance for the national team, was the architect, getting behind the Oman defence before cutting the ball back into the path of striker Adam Taggart.
Taggart then fired a shot was only partially dealt with by gloveman Al-Rushaidi, with the ball sitting up for Martin Boyle, who headed home from close range.
It was part of an improved second-half performance from the Socceroos, who sealed their latest win with an 89th-minute goal from Duke.
“We were a bit erratic, but once we got the boys in at half-time and calmed them down, we focused more on keeping the ball and moving them (Oman) sideways,” Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said.
The Socceroos are next in action on Tuesday night when the meet Japan in Saitama.
Japan will be desperate after suffering a 1-0 loss to Saudi Arabia, who sit second behind Australia on goal difference in Group B
The loss was Japan’s second in three Group B matches.
Australia 3 (Mabil 9’, Boyle 49’, Duke 89’) d Oman 1 (Al-Mandhar 28’)
Australia: Mat Ryan, Rhyan Grant (Fran Karacic 80’), Trent Sainsbury, Harry Souttar, Aziz Behich, Jackson Irvine (Jimmy Jeggo 80’), Ajdin Hrustic, Martin Boyle (Chris Ikonomidis 86’), Tom Rogic (Aaron Mooy 63’), Awer Mabil, Adam Taggart (Mitch Duke 63’).
— with Marco Monteverde, NCA Newswire