Socceroos beat chinese language Taipei in World Cup qualifier at Kaohsiung national Stadium

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Harry Souter embraces and celebrates with Jackson Irvine and Craig Goodwin after a goal. They all wear yellow Socceroos jumpers
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The Socceroos’ Harry Souttar (centre) and Jackson Irvine (right) both scored twice in the World Cup qualifier against Chinese Taipei (AFP: Saeed Khan)

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Socceroos beat Chinese Taipei in World Cup qualifier at Kaohsiung National Stadium

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Australia has continued its perfect start to World Cup qualifying with a 7-1 hammering of a spirited Chinese Taipei side in Kaohsiung.

Socceroos beat Chinese Taipei in World Cup qualifier at Kaohsiung National Stadium

  • Australia remains top of Group B
  • The Socceroos will next play second-placed Jordan in Amman
  • Chinese Taipei’s goal was the first conceded in the qualifying campaign by the Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan

Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvine and Harry Souttar each scored twice with Jamie Maclaren also finding the net with his fourth goal in a week for the national team.

The win keeps Australia comfortably on top of Group B with three victories in as many matches ahead of November’s clash with Jordan in Amman.

Graham Arnold made six changes to the team that defeated Nepal 5-0 in Canberra last week, with Taggart given the nod ahead of hat-trick hero Maclaren.

The Suwon Bluewings striker repaid Arnold’s faith with a first-half double — just as he did the last time Australia played Chinese Taipei back in 2012.

Taggart opened the scoring after 12 minutes with a diving header from a Rhyan Grant cross for his first international goal in six years.

Two more of those given a start — Awer Mabil and Brad Smith — then combined well on the left with a slick one-two before Taggart tapped home a Smith cross in the 19th-minute.

Rather than roll over, Chinese Taipei showed its skill with a fine goal two minutes later when Chen Yi-Wei ghosted between central defenders Milos Degenek and Souttar to send a bullet header past Mat Ryan.

It was the first goal conceded in the qualifying campaign by the Australian goalkeeper who was captaining his nation for the first time in his 58th appearance.

Australia restored its two-goal advantage in the 33rd minute when a great crossfield ball by Aaron Mooy found Grant in space and his right-wing centre was smashed home by Irvine.

The Hull City midfielder added his second three minutes later when he headed home a teasing Mabil cross in the 36th minute, ensuring Australia went in at halftime with a healthy 4-1 lead.

Irvine had a chance to claim a hat-trick after the restart following more good work by Smith and Mabil, but blazed over the bar from inside the box.

Arnold’s decision to replace the ineffective Brandon Borello with Ajdin Hrustic proved the source of a late flurry by the Socceroos.

Hrustic twice found the head of Souttar — who now has three goals from his first two Socceroos appearances — and he also set up Maclaren’s second-half strike as Australia delivered the ruthless edge Arnold has been demanding all campaign.

AAP

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