Australia 3-0 Kuwait: Hrustic and Irvine shine in Socceroo’s emphatic win in the World Cup Qualifiers

Australia Vs Kuwait-World Cup Qualifier
Australia Vs Kuwait-World Cup Qualifier | Photo Credit: IMAGO

The Socceroos hit three past Kuwait in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Australia have steamrolled Kuwait 3-0 in the World Cup Qualifier as they take a giant stride towards the third round

It has been more than a year since Socceroos touched the football but made an emphatic statement on their return to the field.

Captain Mathew Leckie put Socceroos ahead inside the opening minute of the game before Jackson Irvine doubled the lead in the 23rd minute.

Ajdin Hrustic, who was playing in his fourth international appearance, scored a stunning free-kick in the second half to seal the win.

Hrustic, who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt, produced a stunning display, and there is more to come from the talented 24-year-old.

Head coach Graham Arnold was also in full praise of Hrustic’s performance, stating that he is a player to look out for in the future.

“When I first brought [Hrustic] into camp, compared to the players he is today, from moving to Groningen in Holland to Eintracht Frankfurt to Germany, he’s just a completely different player.

“I do believe that he’s going to be one of the stars of the future of the new generation.

“He’s got a great work ethic, a great professional kid, a great kid overall, and he’s a joy to work with.”

Besides, debutant Fran Karacic was also excellent at the right-back position in the win against Kuwait. 

Karacic made his switch to Serie B side Brescia earlier this year from Dinamo Zagreb and has since gone on to make 13 appearances.

The Socceroos are currently at the top of Group B, five points clear of Kuwait and Jordan in the joint Asian-World Cup qualifiers.

The win also marked their fifth in a row – the streak they last enjoyed in 2011.