The Socceroos turned in a much improved performance to down Palestine 3-0 in their second match at the Asian Cup.
Chris Ikonomidis shone on his first start at the tournament as he made the left wing position his own, while under-fire midfielder Tom Rogic was also a shining light despite his broken hand.
HERE’S HOW WE RATED EVERY SOCCEROO…
MATY RYAN – 6.5
Didn’t have to make a single save as his teammates dominated the game. Extra points for running 70m to help celebrate Jamie Maclaren’s opener… and also for the stylish hat!
RHYAN GRANT – 7
Replaced the injured Josh Risdon at right back and produced an energetic display throughout. Was a constant option down the flank as he looked to send balls into the box.
MILOS DEGENEK – 6.5
Formed a good partnership in defence with Sainsbury as they repelled the few Palestinian attacks that were levelled at them. Distributed accurately as well, completing over 70 passes.
TRENT SAINSBURY – 7
A much more composed display from the centre-back, as he marshalled the defence expertly. Didn’t misplace a single one of his first 55 passes. But picked up another yellow which means he misses the Socceroos’ final grop game – which could prove costly.
AZIZ BEHICH – 6.5
Didn’t put a foot wrong down the left, as he linked up with the classy Ikonomidis. Not his most influential display in defence, but was solid throughout.
MARK MILLIGAN – 7.5
An excellent captain’s display in midfield. Looked to fire his team up from the get go and controlled tempo well in the centre of the park.
JACKSON IRVINE – 7
An aerial threat from the get-go and looked to be an improvement in the centre of the park. Was unlucky not to net with his head on a couple of occasions as he proved his worth in midfield.
TOM ROGIC – 7.5
A vastly improved performance from the under-fire playmaker. Looked dangerous throughout his 75 minutes on the park, and provided a top assist for Maclaren to open the scoring early.
AWER MABIL – 7
Another excellent showing out on the right wing for the tricky star. He ghosted into the far post expertly and nailed his finish to extend the lead to two. Continues to be a shining light showing pace, directness and ability out on the flank.
CHRIS IKONOMIDIS – 8.5
Man of the match. Promoted into the starting XI on the back of a strong sub appearance against Jordan, Ikonomidis again provided a big spark from the wing. Provided phenomenal assists for the second and third goals as he led the way in attack and made the left flank position his own. Mark Bosnich labelled him ‘exceptional.’
JAMIE MACLAREN – 7
Redemption. After 10 matches without a goal, and a woeful air swing after just two minutes in this one, the striker finally got the job done for his country. His well-taken headed goal opened the account and lifted a considerable weight off his shoulders. Hopefully the first of many.
MASSIMO LUONGO – 6
On for Rogic in 75th minute. Slotted into that midfield triad again after losing his starting spot, and saw the game out nicely.
APOSTOLOS GIANNOU – N/A
On for Maclaren on 81 minutes, and nabbed a well-taken goal soon a
fter. Nodded home well from a top cross to net his second ever goal for his country.
ROBBIE KRUSE – N/A
Replaced Mabil on 88 minutes, not enough time to make an impact.