How the Caltex Socceroos dominated England

​England may have beaten the Caltex Socceroos last week in Sunderland, but the Australians largely dominated the game according to Opta stats.

The Socceroos went down early to a somewhat lucky deflection that fell kindly to Marcus Rashford who hammered it home.

This didn’t faze the Aussies, who simply imposed their game on England for the remainder of the half.

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In the second half with the visitors pushing forward, England’s pacy and quality forwards made them pay with Wayne Rooney smashing a second.

A late own goal from Eric Dier, off a brilliant curling cross by Socceroo debutant Milos Degenek, made it 2-1.

Milos Degenek

That’s how the game ended.

Despite the loss for an Aussie side largely underdone, many stats reveal just how well Ange’s Aussies did at the Stadium of Light.

1) In both halves, the Socceroos dominated possession stats.   2) In the opening 45 minutes it was 53.8% to 46.2% in favour of the Australians.   3) In the second half Ange’s men took it 55.7% to 44.3%.   4) Australia also won the total passes stat 515 to 443, and beat England in passing success 82.1% to 77.9%.   5) Socceroo defenders beat England defenders in the completed passing stat 183 to 125.  
Bailey Wright fights for the ball with England winger Raheem Sterling at the Stadium of Light.
  6) The corner count went Australia’s way seven to five.    7) The Socceroos won the successful take ons stat 26 to 22.    8) England did win the long ball stat 64 to 45 but Australia just shaded the forward passes stat 176 to 172.   9) Roy Hodgson’s men easily won the tackle success percentage 83% to 60%, and England’s best passer (most successful passes) was Danny Drinkwater with 47. But Australia’s best in the most successful passes stat, Mile Jedinak, had 62.    10) Aaron Mooy made six successful dribbles, two more than England’s best Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling.