Socceroos register a record-breaking win against Oman in World Cup Qualifier

Awer Mabil (2nd R) of Australia celebrates with teammates against Oman
Awer Mabil (2nd R) of Australia celebrates with teammates against Oman - IMAGO / Xinhua

Australia‘s men’s national football team made football history on Friday morning after defeating Oman 3-1 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

With the win, Socceroos became the first nation in FIFA World Cup qualifying history to win 11 consecutive matches in a single qualification campaign.

Goals from Awer MabilMartin Boyle, and substitute Mitchell Duke ensured that they have three wins from three matches in the Final Round of AFC Asian Qualifiers.

The win also means that Australia are now officially ahead of Spain, Germany and Mexico, who held the previous record of ten consecutive wins on their way to previous FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Socceroos began their eleven game-winning run in September 2019, the first game of their Qatar 2022 qualifications matches. 

In that period of games, Australia scored 35 times and conceded just three goals while also keeping eight clean sheets.

Speaking after securing the global record, Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold said his side should be proud of their efforts and results over the past two years.

Arnold, however, stressed that the primary objective remains to qualify for Qatar 2022.

“It’s something we’ll probably reflect on in the future and what a great feat it has been, especially playing 10 out of 11 games away from home, but to me, it’s all about going to Japan and getting ready for Japan in Japan and making it 12 (wins),” Arnold said.

The Socceroos are back on Tuesday when they face Japan at Saitama Stadium in Tokyo.