3 years ago : @Socceroos win AFC Asian Cup 2015 defeating South Korea in final

The Socceroos celebrate Massimo's Luongo's opening goal in the Asian Cup final.

The Socceroos are the Asian champions after completing a fairytale tournament by beating Korea Republic 2-1 after extra-time in a gripping Asian Cup final on Saturday night.

In an epic decider substitute James Troisi struck a truly golden-goal in the 105th minute, blasting home from close range after Kim Jin Hyeon spilled Tomi Juric’s cross into his path.

Australia looked like they would win the match in normal time, leading right until the death through midfielder Massimo Luongo’s first half scorcher.

But deep in stoppage time at the end of the match, Korean superstar Son Heung Min stunned Ange Postecoglou’s side with a powerful finish to save his team and send the match to extra-time.

Somehow the Aussies regrouped and found some more energy with the two substitutes combining for a superb winner.

Juric looked well-shackled by two defenders on the by-line but flicked the ball between the legs of Kim Jin Su before regaining possession and crossing, with Troisi in the right spot to smash it in and secure an historic victory.

Beaten finalists four years ago the Socceroos weren’t to be denied this time, reversing the defeat to Korea from the group stage a fortnight ago as well as vindicating Postecoglou’s regeneration of the squad since he took over 14 months ago.

While Troisi was the match-winner the home side had contributors all over the park.

Luongo – who has emerged as the Socceroos superstar at this tournament had another brilliant game, skipper Mile Jedinak immense in the middle of the park, while central defenders Matthew Spiranovic and Trent Sainsbury thwarted a  host of Korean attacks.

For the visitors – who hadn’t conceded a goal in the tournament until Luongo struck – their 55-year wait for an Asian Cup crown will go on for another four years at least.

A sell-out crowd of almost 77,000 made for a cracking atmosphere in Stadium Australia, giving all the ingredients for what was to be a special night.

Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic overcame a hip problem to start and was in the action straight away, picking up a yellow card for a cynical tug-back on Park Joo Ho.

It was the hosts who fired the first warning shot through Jedinak, his powerful free-kick from 25-metres out dipping just over Jin Hyeon’s crossbar.

With so much at stake it was no surprise that there was plenty of feeling in the opening exchanges as both sides were guilty of some crunching challenges.

The match then sprung to life midway through the first half with chances at either end in the space of a minute.

First it was the Koreans who were inches away from taking the lead, Kwak Taehwi heading wide from close range from a pinpoint Ki Sung Yueng free-kick.

Before the visitors had time to rue that miss they were almost behind themselves.

Robbie Kruse got free down the right and put in an early cross with Tim Cahill getting in front of his marker and then firing off a shot which Jin Hyeon did well to parry wide.

The Koreans then enjoyed a dominant spell with star winger Son at the centre of most of their dangerous moments.

The Bayer Leverkusen man saw a superb volley float just wide of Mat Ryan’s post eight minutes before the break and a minute later it was only a sliding Luongo challenge that deflected his goal-bound shot over the bar.

A free-kick right on the edge of the box soon after presented the next scare for the hosts but Ki’s effort didn’t have enough power to trouble Ryan.

Just when it seemed like the Socceroos would be happy to hold on until half-time, their new star delivered a gem.

Receiving the ball in traffic 30-metres from goal, Luongo turned with the ball, took one step forward then unleashed a thunderous shot into the bottom corner.

The Stadium Australia crowd – nervous just minutes earlier – erupted with joy as the entire Socceroos side wheeled off to celebrate.

Postecoglou’s men now had just 45 minutes to hold on to secure the crown.

Chasing the game it was no surprise the Koreans lifted the tempo on the resumption. They were getting plenty of joy down the flanks but the Socceroos were doing well to repel the danger.

Set pieces were causing Australia trouble and Kwak got on the end of another free-kick and this time headed straight at Ryan.

The Socceroos weren’t about to park the bus and Mathew Leckie forced a smart save on the hour mark before Trent Sainsbury headed just wide  from the ensuing corner.

As fatigue started to set in Postecoglou called on the fresh legs of Tomi Juric and James Troisi for Cahill and Kruse.

Franjic lasted 74 minutes before his troublesome hip gave way, forcing a reshuffle with Mark Milligan reverting to right-back and Matt McKay coming on in midfield.

The Koreans continued to apply the pressure without seriously threatening Ryan’s goal but just when it looked like the Socceroos would hold on, Son pounced in stoppage time.

The Australian defence failed to clear a bouncing ball with Ki sliding in Son who produced a classy finish past Ryan to send the final into extra-time.

It was their substitutes Juric and Troisi combined to get the Socceroos back in front and this time there would be no late fight-back from Korea.

Australia (Luongo 45’, Troisi 105’)

Korea Republic (Son 90+2)

Crowd: 76,385

Source  :  Football Federation Australia Website

3 years ago : @Socceroos defeats Kuwait 4-1 in opening match in AFC Asian Cup 2015

Tim Cahill celebrates his goal against Kuwait

The Socceroos have overcome a nervy start to lay down an impressive marker for their Asian Cup campaign, winning their opening match against Kuwait 4-1 in Melbourne.

Goals to Tim Cahill, Massimo Luongo, Mile Jedinak and James Troisi cancelled out Ali Hussein Fadhel’s early strike as a raucous crowd found full voice on a rainy night at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Expectation circled the Socceroos before kick-off, with a good result seen as essential to get off to a positive start after a poor run of results since the 2014 World Cup.

But the opening of the match hardly went to plan for the Socceroos. Appearing more than a little nervous on such a big occasion, Kuwait took its opportunity to steal ahead from a smart set piece in the eighth minute.

As a number of Kuwaiti players peeled off to the back post, causing their Socceroos markers to follow them, Fadhel held his position at the front post and dived ahead of Cahill to nod home.

It was a cleverly created and smartly taken goal, and succeeded in rocking both the home crowd and players as the tempo dropped and Australia looked the weaker team.

In time, though, the Socceroos found their groove, making a number of confident surges into the penalty area and winning fouls in dangerous areas, only for the chances on goal to dissapate.

But if anybody was going to make the difference for Australia, it was going to be Cahill.

The veteran was the beneficiary of some outstanding work by Luongo in the 33rd minute, who skipped past a handful of defenders to get the byline and square up towards Cahill who was, of course, perfectly placed.

The finish was as unerring as expected, the New York man slamming home with his right boot to set off the trademark celebration and settle Australia’s nerves.

The Socceroos stayed on the front foot for the rest of the half, and were rewarded again just before the whistle when Luongo met Ivan Franjic’s expertly weighted cross in Cahill-esque fashion to take the lead in the 44th minute.

Any thoughts the break came at a bad time for Australia were quickly dispelled as the Socceroos started the second half as it finished the first, immediately going on the attack and closing in on a crucial third goal.

Mathew Leckie hit the bar, and a few other chances fizzled out, but when Robbie Kruse was clipped in the area in the 62nd minute and the referee awarded the penalty, Jedinak was unerring with the finish.

Kuwait came back into the game as Australia made changes from the bench, with keeper Mat Ryan called on to make one stunning save to keep the two goal buffer, but the hosts always looked likely to find another goal.

Recalled Nathan Burns hit the bar with a stunning header, Tomi Juric fired shots straight at the keeper but Troisi found a way through in the final moments, belting one inside the near post from a tight angle after Leckie’s tricky build up play in the 91st minute.

While it was far from a perfect Socceroos performance, Kuwait was left wanting at crucial times thanks to the home side’s power of will and pace on the counter, and next opponent Oman will have its hands full to stop the momentum.

 

Source  :  abc.net.au

Ange Postecoglou game plan will reap goals, vows James Troisi

James Troisi is absolutely adamant there’ll be no change whatsoever in the Ange Postecoglou game plan for Tuesday night’s Thailand clash.

James Troisi is absolutely adamant there’ll be no change whatsoever in the Ange Postecoglou game plan for Tuesday night’s Thailand clash.

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Fresh from a 2-0 loss to Japan on Thursday night, the Australians must win next Tuesday night – and ideally by an avalanche of goals – to put the pressure back on Saudi Arabia who face Japan a few hours after the clash in Melbourne.

But questions about the Ange game plan were swiftly dispatched by the Victory player.

GAME PLAN WORKS 

“I think everyone knows the boss by now. Nothing’s going to change.

“It works [the game plan and new 3-4-3 formation]. It’s shown it works,” Troisi told reporters at a Tag Heuer store event shortly after landing in Melbourne.

“Obviously against different opposition it’s a little more difficult. And on Thursday night it was quite difficult and all credit to the Japanese.”

TRICKY SITUATION

“We’re in a little tricky situation,” the attacking midfielder conceded.

“The last couple of days have been a little bit tough. But we know what we have to do and to get done.

Caltex Socceroos players celebrate the equaliser.

“I guess it’s a bit of a do-or-die situation.

“Not that we don’t have anything to lose, but we have everything to gain.

“And on Tuesday night we have no choice but to be on fire.”

HOME COMFORTS

Troisi conceded playing at his home stadium and in adopted home city was something he was relishing. And that’s not all.

“And we’ll have a lot of support. There’s been a lot of negativity but we’re pretty strong and all been through a lot things before and we’ll come together.

“I’m sure we’ll try put on a performance.”

Caltex Socceroos v Thailand banner

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

James Troisi has re-signed with Melbourne Victory on a two-year deal

James Troisi re-signs

Melbourne Victory have confirmed that Caltex Socceroos attacker James Troisi has re-signed with the club on a two-year deal.

Victory’s number 10 is coming off a successful season, placing second in the Victory Medal and then making the Socceroos squad for the Confederations Cup.

While in Russia, Troisi impressed in his three appearances, scoring Australia’s goal in its 1-1 draw against Chile.

2017/2018 will be Troisi’s third season with Victory, and strengthens the team’s attacking options.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League transfer targets – James Troisi

James Troisi: The Caltex Socceroos attacker is the competition’s most sought-after free agent, bar none. Any club would love his signature.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s impact on Confederations Cup – James Troisi

 James Troisi (Victory) – Another to feature in all three of Australia’s matches, Troisi starred against Chile, scoring the opener and earning the man of the match award for his superb performance.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia