Comfortable Socceroos defeat China in Doha
An outstanding performance saw Australia get off to the perfect start in Round 3 of FIFA World Cup qualifying, as they registered a 3-0 victory over China PR.
A clinical display from the Socceroos saw them get the job done against China PR in Doha on Friday morning (AEST).
Goals from Awer Mabil, Martin Boyle and Mitch Duke provided Graham Arnold's side with the perfect platform to begin their final round of Asian FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
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The Key Moments
A tense start to the encounter saw the Socceroos have to cope with China's advances who began the brighter of the two sides.
However, Graham Arnold's defence had an answer for all of China's exploits in their half before they went in search of their first chance on goal thanks to Jackson Irvine's effort on 17 minutes.
Irvine's strike was a taste of what was to come as Mabil broke the deadlock for the Green and Gold with his improvised finish from close range, after Martin Boyle's looping cross was parried by China's Junling Yan.
Australia now had momentum on their side and it took just under two minutes before they made it two to the good courtesy of Boyle's effort from just outside the 18-yard area which found its way into the bottom left corner.
Arnold's men were now brimming with confidence as they continued to find space in the final third, with Adam Taggart and Tom Rogic producing the best chances as the first half drew to a close.
The second stanza began in similar fashion, with Australia once again on the upper foot. However, opportunities were at a premium with Taggart's slightly overcooked effort proving to be the only effort of note in the opening 15 minutes.
The in-form Boyle was also continuing to be a menace for the Chinese defence and it was the Scottish-born striker who tested Yan with his strike from just inside the six yard area.
That proved to be Boyle's final contribution as he made way for Mitch Duke; who soon turned goalscorer when he bagged the Green and Gold's third of the contest with just his second touch of the match.
Duke was in the right place at the right time as he bundled home the rebound from Mabil's curling effort.
The Socceroos maintained their stronghold as proceedings wore on while a special moment arrived for Callum Elder who was handed his national team debut after recently linking up with the green and gold for the first time this week.
The final 10 minutes saw Australia continue to frustrate their opponents as they confirmed a highly-sought after clean sheet ahead of their trip to Vietnam.