WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH 2016
The Socceroos were triumphant over Jordan last night in Sydney, humiliating the visitors 5-1.
Well renowned English manager Harry Redknapp agreed to take charge over Jordan for two games, although it wasn’t enough time to prepare them for the onslaught that was about to occur.
Australia’s favourite son Tim Cahill opened the scoring, before Aaron Mooy found himself on the end of a killer ball from Kruse to strike home the second.
Cahill put the final nail in the coffin on the stroke of half time, scoring a typical leaping header to make it 3-0.
It was all over for Jordan. They were physically and mentally beat in the second half, as Australia’s midfield ran rampant.
The combination of Mooy, Kruse and Rogic was deadly, performing perfectly to Ange Postecoglou’s play-book.
The attacking style of play that the Socceroos manager has imprinted into their skulls, has his side playing ruthless football.
It’s the type of football that is needed to knock off teams in Asia’s Qualifying district.
After more goals to substitute Massimo Luongo and Tom Rogic, Jordan’s professionalism flew out the window.
If it wasn’t for the lenient refereeing, the Jordanian’s would have seen red.
A massive scare came in the 65th minute when a two footed assault from
Al-Rawashdeh took down Robbie Kruse.
Kruse, who has suffered multiple knee injuries looked in extreme pain which had Postecoglou and many fans biting their fingernails.
Luckily Kruse stood to his feet and walked it off.
“Yeah you don’t like to see that on the football field but I think people get a little bit overheated when things go bad. It was disappointing but hopefully I will come through unscathed,” said Kruse.
Harry Redknapp saw the difference in quality, but was not impressed by the challenge or the lack of professionalism.
“The players all play in Jordan, most of them. They are short on fitness. So when they play better teams they struggle for fitness.
“The whole structure of the set up needs work. There is so much work needs doing,” said Redknapp.
Australian fans might not like Redknapp’s next comments about Australia….
“But if Australia played Spain next week you’d be looking at them and thinking they’re not very good.
“That’s how the game is. Australia have been in the big competitions over the years and the quality tonight it was the difference.”
The Socceroos move onto the final stage of World Cup Qualifiers, which will be drawn in April.
By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)
Photography credit- Football Australia
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