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Sport Australia 5-0 Nepal: Maclaren hits hat-trick as Souttar scores twice on Socceroos debut

14:26  10 october  2019
14:26  10 october  2019 Source:   goal.com

Scotsman in line for Socceroos debut

  Scotsman in line for Socceroos debut Scottish defender Harry Souttar qualifies for Australia through his mother and could debut in a World Cup qualifier against Nepal on Thursday.Harry Souttar qualifies to play for Australia through his mother and could make his international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Group B minnows Nepal on Thursday.

Jamie Maclaren believes the Caltex Socceroos can crank straight into top gear and accelerate past FIFA World Cup? qualifying rivals Nepal and Chinese That's one of the reasons why Australia should have no trouble falling in love with Harry Souttar , according to Head Coach Graham Arnold.

Australia will hit home soil for the first time in the early stages of World Cup qualifying with a rare Scottish-born defender Harry Souttar has been touted to make his debut at centre-back with the "It would be very special (to debut ) and an extremely proud moment for me if it does happen, and for my

Jamie Maclaren in a yellow shirt: Jamie Maclaren celebrates scoring for Australia© Getty Images Jamie Maclaren celebrates scoring for Australia

Harry Souttar marked his international debut with a brace and Jamie Maclaren notched a hat-trick as Australia settled for a 5-0 win over minnows Nepal in World Cup qualifying.

Born in Aberdeen, defender Souttar changed his allegiance to his mother's homeland earlier this year and enjoyed a first appearance to savour at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

The Fleetwood Town centre-back repaid Graham Arnold's faith with a headed double after a pair of early finishes from Maclaren, who completed the scoring and his treble in the closing moments.

Rags versus riches as Socceroos host Nepal

  Rags versus riches as Socceroos host Nepal Australia are expected to thrash Nepal when the teams meet in a World Cup qualifier in Canberra on Thursday night. There hasn't been a Nepalese domestic league since 2015, initially because of an earthquake and then due to mismanagement from officials.Pictures: Most popular sports in Australia That same year, former Nepalese federation president Ganesh Thapa was banned by FIFA for 10 years on bribery charges.Nepal are ranked 166 in the world and some players facing the Socceroos are not even full-time professionals.

Australia will hit home soil for the first time in the early stages of World Cup qualifying with a rare It was a long flight I'm really delighted to be here and focused on the game now," Souttar said. Following the clash against Nepal , Australia will head to Kaohsiung for a qualifier against Chinese

The Australia national soccer team represents Australia in international men's soccer. Officially nicknamed the Socceroos , the team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia

Australia's apparent reluctance to overexert themselves meant the expected avalanche of goals never truly arrived, though the Socceroos did move top of Group B, at least until Kuwait meet Jordan later on Thursday.

Kiran Chemjong's failure to grasp a Craig Goodwin shot gifted Maclaren the sixth-minute opener and the striker quickly doubled his tally, heading home after Rhyan Grant nodded Aziz Behich's cross back into the danger zone.

The towering Souttar was proving a nuisance at set-pieces and managed to stoop to meet Goodwin's corner for Australia's third in the 23rd minute.

A fourth would have followed on the stroke of half-time if not for the match officials, who disallowed a deflected Mathew Leckie effort for offside despite Ananta Tamang being responsible for the touch that deceived goalkeeper Chemjong.

Socceroos host earthquake-hit minnows

  Socceroos host earthquake-hit minnows Australia are expected to thrash Nepal when the teams meet in a World Cup qualifier in Canberra on Thursday night. There hasn't been a Nepalese domestic league since 2015, initially because of an earthquake and then due to mismanagement from officials. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

A hat - trick from Central Coast Mariners starlet Dylan Ruiz-Diaz has helped Australia beat Singapore 5 - 0 and secure a semi-final berth at the 2019 AFF U-18 Thursday's result means the Young Socceroos edge out Malaysia at the top of Group B with four wins and one defeat from five matches.

Jamie Maclaren is looking for the Caltex @ Socceroos to make a statement in their October @FIFAcom World Cup qualifiers #GoSocceroos http Check out the @ Socceroos squad for next Thursday's clash with Nepal at GIO Stadium!https Our squad to face Nepal and Chinese Taipei is in!

There was no denying Souttar a double, though, as his 59th-minute header from Aaron Mooy's cross dribbled in off Dinesh Rajbanshi.

Arnold turned to his bench after the hour but no other Australian was able to add their name to the scoresheet against the world's 161st-ranked nation, leaving Maclaren to claim the matchball as he fired home in the 90th minute following Jackson Irvine's cushioned control.

What does it mean? Socceroos miss chance to further bolster goal difference

Kuwait, the team Australia brushed aside 3-0 last month, began the road to Qatar by putting seven past Nepal, so there were expectations for the Socceroos to fill their boots in the nation's capital.

The long distances many of Arnold's players covered en route to Australia can be considered a mitigating factor but the former Sydney FC boss will expect a greater degree of ruthlessness against Chinese Taipei next week, particularly as his team have gone goalless in four of eight games in 2019.

Maclaren makes case for more minutes

One man who did his job in attack was Melbourne City forward Maclaren.

Prolific at A-League level, he has found goals harder to come by in the international arena but can be pleased to have added three more to the one he notched at the Asian Cup in January.

Goals elude Goodwin

Unlike Maclaren, Saudi Arabia-based Goodwin let opportunities go begging too frequently.

The 27-year-old attempted five shots without scoring, a return that needs to improve if he is to be in contention for a starting berth on a more regular basis.

What's next?

Australia travel to Kaohsiung to meet bottom-placed Chinese Taipei on Tuesday, the same day as Nepal’s difficult date with Jordan in Amman.

Harry Souttar adds two goals to his Socceroos tally, as Scots-born defender makes his mark .
Up until eight months ago, Harry Souttar was a relatively unknown Scottish footballer — now the lanky centre-half has turned into the Socceroos' not-so-secret scoring weapon.The tall Scottish-born centre-half has played five years of senior football, finding the net on just three occasions in that time.

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