3 years ago : @Socceroos defeats Oman 4-0 in AFC Asian Cup in second match

Sydney: A second straight four-goal haul means Australia and Korea Republic will battle for top spot in Group A in Brisbane at the weekend after Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos handed Oman a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at Stadium Australia on Tuesday evening to advance to the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.

A draw will be enough for the tournament hosts on Saturday evening to win the group on goal difference and set up a quarter-final clash with the runners-up in Group B, after two goals in three minutes from Matt McKay and Robbie Kruse sent Australia on their way to an impressive victory.

A penalty from Mark Milligan and a close range strike from second-half substitute Tomi Juric added to Oman’s woes in a game in which Paul Le Guen’s side were totally outclassed.

Coupled with Korea’s 1-0 win over Kuwait earlier on Tuesday, the two quarter-finals berths from Group A have now been filled, with only the positions at the top of the table left to be determined.

McKay was drafted into the starting line-up as Postecoglou made three changes to the team that handed Kuwait a 4-1 thrashing in the opening game, with injured captain Mile Jedinak replaced by Mark Milligan, and McKay and Jason Davidson came in instead of James Troisi and Aziz Behich.

The changes did little to disrupt the rhythm of the Socceroos, who steadily took control of the game after an early scare, when Raed Saleh’s third minute thunderbolt from long range was brilliantly palmed to safety by Mat Ryan.

However, the Socceroos – just as they did against Kuwait in the tournament opener in Melbourne – slowly took control of the game and by the time the clock had ticked past the halfway point in the opening period, Australia were in total command.

Tim Cahill – captain for the night in Jedinak’s absence – twice went close with looping headers before McKay, one of the heroes of Australia’s run to the final in Qatar four years ago, put his side in front.

Robbie Kruse’s 27th minute corner from the Omani right was headed goalward by Trent Sainsbury and McKay scooped the ball over the line from close range to lift the majority of 50,276 fans to their feet.

Three minutes later the Australians doubled their advantage, with Kruse this time starting and finishing a fine move with a run from just inside his own half, laying the ball off to Massimo Luongo, whose return pass the Bayer Leverkusen striker slipped under Ali Al Habsi.

Milligan converted from the spot three minutes into first half injury time after Cahill was hauled down by Ali Al Busaidi as the Socceroos closed out an impressive opening 45 minutes with another goal.

Cahill and Luongo made way for Juric and Mark Bresciano five minutes after the restart and, with 20 minutes to go, Western Sydney Wanderers’ striker Juric put the seal on the win with a sliding finish after Leckie’s superb cross from the left with the outside of his right boot gave the Omandefence little chance.

Photo: WSG

 

Source  :  Asian Football Confederation Website

Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against Thailand?

Socceroos starting XI.

Matthew Ryan;Bailey Wright,Matthew Spiranovic,Milos Degenek ,Alex Gersbach ; Mark Milligan , Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy ;Matthew Leckie,Tomi Juric,Jamie Mclaren

Source : Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos fans pick their 23-man squad for Japan and Thailand

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Ange Postecoglou will pick his 23-man Caltex Socceroos squad for Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

With these fixtures to decide Australia’s fate for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we asked fans who they thought should be chosen in the Socceroos’ final squad.

And the votes are in! Here’s the 23-man Socceroos squad as chosen by the fans.

GOALKEEPERS

Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak and Danny Vukovic.

*Ryan was clearly the most popular choice with almost 38% of the vote with Langerak and Vukovic the next two most preferred between the sticks.

Mat Ryan pulled off some big saves in Brighton's clash with Manchester City.

DEFENDERS

Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek and Matt Jurman.

*Sainsbury was clearly first choice in the heart of the Socceroos defence ahead of the dependable Bailey Wright and the returning Matthew Spiranovic. Milos Degenek earned a call-up as did former Sydney FC centre-back Matt Jurman.

Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury clears the danger in the opening group game against Germany at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

 

Central midfielders – Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Mustafa Amini.

Wing-backs – Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach.

*Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy was the popular choice amongst the fans just ahead of teammates Mat Leckie and Mark Milligan.

Aaron Mooy celebrates after scoring a superb winner for Huddersfield Town in the EPL against Newcastle United.

ATTACKERS

Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

*Celtic ace Tom Rogic was the overwhelming choice of the Socceroos faithful ahead of the improving Tomi Juric and all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill.

Juric celebrates giving Australia a lifeline back into the match.

CALTEX SOCCEROOS 23-MAN SQUAD (as chosen by fans)

Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Mustafa Amini, Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

In-form Tomi Juric eyeing consistency with Caltex Socceroos

Tomi Juric on the ball during Australia's 3-2 loss to Germany.

Tomi Juric on the ball during Australia’s 3-2 loss to Germany.

Caltex Socceroos striker Tomi Juric admits he’s been pleased with his own form and hopes to continue his goal-scoring spree when Australia tackles Cameroon on Friday (AEST).

The towering Swiss-based striker netted his seventh international goal against Germany on Tuesday, following a brace in a recent World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Adelaide.

“It’s been great for me personally to be finding the back of the net regularly,” Juric told FFA TV.

“It’s a great feeling and I just want to keep the consistency up now.

“Hopefully I can keep the roll going for the next few games.”

 

ROOS TAKE HEART FROM SOCHI SECOND HALF

Juric’s strike was just reward for a much improved second half performance against Germany. And the 25-year-old believes the Caltex Socceroos can take great confidence from the way they competed with the world cup holders.

“We showed in glimpses that we can control the game against the world’s best,” he said. “That’s something we shouldn’t take lightly and something we should really appreciate.

“A lot of work has gone into this over the last few years and now it’s started to finally come together. “We showed we can do it against the world champions and if we continue to do it in this tournament I’m sure we’ll make a lot of noise back home.”

Australia now face a must-win game against Cameroon on Friday morning in Saint Petersburg. And Juric knows exactly what they’ll get from the “Indomitable Lions”.

“I’m expecting a tough, physical battle but they have some great individuals as well,” he said. “I think they’re going to be really tough to break down.

“We know we’re going to have to stick to the game plan and make sure we’re clinical going forward and we’ll get the result we need,” said Juric.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos push Germany but lose opener

Caltex Socceroos winger Mat Leckie battles hard for possession with a German defender.

Monday, 19 June 2017

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The Caltex Socceroos have opened their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 loss to Germany after pushing the reigning world champions all the way in Sochi.

GAME IN SUMMARY *

Germany dominated the first half but Australia hurt them just before the break with a Rogic rocket– that lead only lasted a few minutes.

* The VAR was called on for Australia’s second goal before it was finally officially awarded to the green and gold.

* Australia’s second half was much better as they pushed the Germans all the way.

GOALS

Lars Stindl Germany, 5’: 0-1

Australia got exposed down the right, the Germans got in behind, into the box and the cutback was smashed home by Stindl.

Lars Stindl goal

Tom Rogic Australia, 40’: 1-1

Rogic found space in between the central defenders, and from just outside the box his first effort rebounded back to him and he made the Germans pay with a sizzling low strike underneath the German keeper

Julian Draxler Germany 43’ (pen): 2-1

Luongo was adjudged to have fouled a German player and Draxler stroked home the go-ahead goal just before the break.

Leon Goretzka Germany 47’: 3-1 Goretzka’s run into the box was found with a perfectly weighted ball and on an angle he smashed it past Ryan.

Tomi Juric Australia 56’: 3-2 Rogic’s power strike was spilled by Leno and Juric was on the spot to stroke home Australia’s second from right in front.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos striker Tomi Juric : ‘I was always around the goal!’

Tomi Juric loves score goals and will  be gunning for a few at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Tomi Juric loves score goals and will be gunning for a few at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Even as a young boy, Tomi Juric loved to score goals. Now he’s doing it for the Caltex Socceroos and will be gunning for a few more at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

BORN TO PLAY UP FRONT

The Sydney-raised striker, now playing his club football in Switzerland, can trace his love of busting the net all the way back to his first involvement in the game.

 

Tomi Juric found the target in Switzerland overnight.“I was always up front waiting for the ball to come out!

“I wouldn’t be running around; I’d just be waiting there and always around the goal.

TOMI’S TRIBUTE TO DAD’S DEDICATION

As Juric developed and it became obvious he was destined for more than just the playing fields of Sydney, it was his father who had the biggest influence on him.

“I was inspired by my Dad – he was the main idol for me,” said Juric.

“He never really got the opportunity to play because he gave everything for me and my younger brother to try and play football.

 

 

“He lived his dream through us.

“When he played, he was a striker who scored goals as well – we used to watch him play on Sundays.

“Nowadays as I’m living the dream he really enjoys it and takes a lot of pride from it,” smiled Juric.

SWISS MOVE PAYS DIVIDENDS

Two years with Western Sydney Wanderers in the Hyundai A-League were followed by a season in the Netherlands with Roda JC.

Juric then moved to Switzerland last year and hit the net 11 times in 33 league and cup matches for Luzern.

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“A big part of that is finding some consistent game time now, which I haven’t had in the past,” said Juric.

“That has been missing in my game – just to be consistent.

“Sometimes you might have a bad game but coming into the next one you have to pick yourself up and find your feet again.

“That’s been the trick for me – after playing a bad game, trying to find a way to start again and making sure it doesn’t happen again so you don’t fall into a rut or a bad run of form.

 

Tomi Juric“Now that I’ve had that consistent game time and been injury-free, it’s been really good for me.

“It’s something I didn’t have in the past.”

MORE GOALS COMING FOR AUSTRALIA’S NUMBER NINE

Having scored twice in Australia’s vital 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia, the 25-year old is looking forward to adding to his 23 caps and six international goals at the Confederations Cup.

“A lot of people tell me [striker] is the hardest position to play and hardest job to do but when you enjoy it like I do, I see it as an easy job,” Juric said.

“I making it sound like it’s nothing and it is difficult, but when you enjoy something it makes it easier for you.

“I’m trying to take every opportunity that I get and make the best of it.

“Hopefully every time I get that chance, I’m ready to take it.

“We all know how many changes there have been in the squad – the boss has been broadening the squad and good players have come in and done a good job for us.

“Every opportunity I get is something I really try to grab onto and make sure I’m playing every game for the Socceroos,” he said.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia