Duke strikes double as dominant Socceroos defeat Chinese Taipei

The Socceroos secured six-straight international victories for the first time in 20 years as they maintained their perfect record in Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qualifying with a 5-1 victory over Chinese Taipei on Tuesday morning (AEST). 

You can watch the full match highlights in the player above. 

Following up from a 3-0 victory over hub hosts Kuwait on their international return four days ago, Graham Arnold made eleven changes to the Australian lineup who secured victory thanks to four different goalscorers. 

Harry Souttar opened the scoring before Jamie Maclaren converted from the spot and Trent Sainsbury added a header of his own. 

The second half saw the Socceroos score inside 30 seconds through Mitch Duke, before their opponents pulled one back on the hour mark through Gao Wei-Jie and Duke tapped home his brace late on. 

A-League-based trio Denis Genreau (Socceroos cap #610), Connor Metcalfe (Socceroos cap #611) and Ruon Tongyik (Socceroos cap #612) were handed their international debuts as Australia advanced within one win of guaranteed qualification for the third phase of Asian qualifying. 

WATCH: Harry Souttar header opens the scoring

After a couple of early chances floated narrowly wide from Brandon Borrello and Genreau, the Socceroos opened the scoring against Chinese Taipei through a familiar source. 

Harry Souttar, who scored a brace last time these nations met, rose highest off a Riley McGree corner to nod home the first goal of the evening inside 11 minutes. 

15 minutes later, another player whose last international goal came against Chinese Taipei doubled Australia's advantage from the spot as Jamie Maclaren was brought down in the area and hammered home his subsequent spot kick. 

WATCH: Jamie Maclaren doubles Australia's lead from the spot

The Socceroos so nearly doubled their advantage immediately, striking the woodwork twice in a minute through McGree and Borrello. 

They did find their third in the 41st minute, as another corner from the Birmingham City midfielder this time fell to captain Sainsbury, who headed home at the far post. 

WATCH: Trent Sainsbury heads home his fourth international goal

Less than 30 seconds into the second half, Australia found their fourth as debutant Genreau linked up nicely with Borrello, who lofted in a threatening delivery for Duke to flick home at the front post. 

WATCH: Duke scores seconds after half time

The away side pulled one back after 61 minutes, as a well-orchestrated cut-back towards debutant Gao Wei-Jie was rocketed into the top right corner - leaving Danny Vukovic with no chance.

But with five minutes to play, Australia capped off a solid performance with Duke's second and their fifth, as the Western Sydney Wanderers striker latched onto a Nikita Rukavystya lay-off to tap home into an empty net. 

WATCH: Australia register fifth in style

The Socceroos will be in action again on Saturday morning (AEST) against Nepal - kick-off will be at 2am (AEST).

Australia 5 (Souttar 11’, Maclaren 27', Sainsbury 41’, Duke 46', 84’)

Chinese Taipei 1 (Wei-Jie 62')
Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Australia Starting XI: 18. Danny VUKOVIC (GK), 4. Rhyan GRANT, 5. Denis GENREAU (8. Ruon TONGYIK 84'), 9. Jamie MACLAREN (11. Nikita RUKAVYTSYA 75'), 13. Kenneth DOUGALL (2. Connor METCALFE 62'), 14. Brandon BORRELLO (17. Christopher IKONOMIDIS 62'), 15. Mitchell DUKE, 19. Harry SOUTTAR, 20. Trent SAINSBURY (C), 21. Riley MCGREE (10. Ajdin HRUSTIC 74'), 23. Curtis GOOD 

Substitutes: 1. Lawrence THOMAS (Gk), 3. Fran KARACIC, 6. Martin BOYLE, 7. Mathew LECKIE, 12. Andrew REDMAYNE (Gk), 16. Aziz BEHICH, 22. Jackson IRVINE

Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Upcoming Fixtures

Nepal v Australia
Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kick-off: 7pm (local) – 2am Saturday, 12 June 2021 AEST 
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, SBS, and My Football Live App

Australia v Jordan
Date: Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Venue: TBC
Kick-off: TBC 
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, ABC TV, and My Football Live App