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Australia players sing national anthem prior to the International Friendly match between Kuwait and Australia at Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Socceroos outclass Kuwait 4-0

Football West News

West Aussies Trent Sainsbury and Josh Risdon helped get Graham Arnold’s reign as new Caltex Socceroos boss off to a dream start with Australia crushing Kuwait 4-0 this morning.

In a perfect beginning to Australian football’s new era, the Caltex Socceroos scored twice in each half to cap an encouraging and exciting performance in their first hit-out since the FIFA World Cup.

RECAP: Look back at all the goals and talking points from Australia’s win over Kuwait

An own goal gave the Caltex Socceroos a deserved lead, before Apostolos Giannou, Tom Rogic and Awer Mabil – on his international debut – all got on the scoresheet.

Arnold went with a 4-3-3 formation for his first starting XI, with Danny Vukovic in goal and the same back-four which started all three games at the recent FIFA World Cup.

Mark Milligan skippered the side, with Giannou getting the nod up front and Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine anchoring the midfield.

The Caltex Socceroos promised to attack in the lead-up to the match and did that from the outset, racing to a 2-0 lead by the midway point of the first half.

A sensational cross from Robbie Kruse lead to an own goal from defender Khalid El Ibrahim, before Giannou pounced for his first international goal soon after.

Arnold’s side was in cruise control and should have taken an even healthier lead to the break given their dominance.

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The second half followed a similar theme with the Caltex Socceroos on the front foot and carving out a few chances without making the most of them.

Arnold brought on Daniel Arzani who showed some flashes of brilliance, while there were international debuts off the bench for Awer Mabil and Thomas Deng.

And the trio certainly gave Australia a spark, with Rogic getting in on the act eight minutes from time with a neat run and finish.

Mabil then made it a night to remember, scoring his maiden goal on his first appearance to cap an excellent outing for Arnold and the Caltex Socceroos.

A third West Australian, keeper Brad Jones, was an unused substitute.

Plenty to get excited about ahead of the two friendlies in Australia next month against Korea Republic and Lebanon.

Kuwait 0
Caltex Socceroos 4 (Ibrahim OG 12’, Giannou 21’, Rogic 82, Mabil 88’)

Caltex Socceroos Starting XI: 18. Danny Vukovic, 19. Josh Risdon (21. Thomas Deng 76’), 20. Trent Sainsbury, 5. Mark Milligan, 16. Aziz Behich (3. Alex Gersbach 83’), 22. Jackson Irvine (17. Mustafa Amini 73’), 8. Massimo Luongo, 23. Tom Rogic, 7. Mathew Leckie (11. Awer Mabil 73’), 24. Apostolos Giannou (9. Tomi Juric 65’), 10. Robbie Kruse (14. Daniel Arzani 65’)

Substitutes not used: 2. Milos Degenek, 6. Matthew Jurman, 12. Brad Jones, 13. Kenneth Dougall, 25. Denis Genreau, 28. Mitchell Langerak