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Jumping in early, Graham Arnold’s side took the lead in the 32nd minute when Jackson forced Irvine to a high spin and knocked out Mabel in a position the winger could cut and shoot from. Too bad he didn’t open the scoring after some tough moments from the Australian defence, All Whites coach Danny Hay continued to play for the Australians and arguably made the best of the match but ultimately disappointed.
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1. The formation of the World Cup team
Thursday night’s match was an occasion to celebrate the Saudi national team. Not only was it the first time they had gone to the park since securing a place in the World Cup, but it was also the only match they would play on their home soil before heading to Qatar. Moreover, the competition was used to celebrate the 100th anniversary of both the Australian and New Zealand teams: the two teams tied for their first international match in 1922. Thanks to Mabel’s goal, 25,392 fans in attendance at Lang Park–a slightly disappointing number for a farewell World Cup Given that the venue seats about 52,000 – they were sent home happy. At least with the result.
However, with precious little time before Arnold and his team begin their World Cup campaign against France on November 23, every moment the Australians come together in the intervening period will be vital to their preparations. And his thinking about that tournament was probably hinted at when the team’s cards were handed out and familiar faces dominated. Jason Cummings and Garang Cole may have grabbed the headlines before the competition even started, but Arnold was trying to focus on his starting lineup in November.
On the wing, Mabil was favored over Matt Leakey after starting from the bench against Peru. At right-back, Fran Karajic was favored over Nathaniel Atkinson after using the reverse arrangement during the World Cup qualifiers. At the top, Mitch Duke gave way to Adam Taggart fitting at the tip of Sockiros’ spear.
Given Karadzic’s regular minutes in Brescia compared to Atkinson’s sporadic appearance at Hearts thus far, the Croatian-born defender could have his starting point in Qatar. The same for Taggart, who not only brings important destructive skills to the Australian national team but also who is starting his stride with J-League side Cerezo Osaka as Duke advances in the lower tier and Jimmy McClaren awaits the start of the men’s first division season.
2. Familiar minuses of Socceroos
In addition to being a shot putter, buried in the bottom corner and leaving no chance for New Zealand goalkeeper Oliver Seal, Mabel’s goal likely went the way Arnold painted it: a high-pressing pass on Socceroo that allows Irvin to force a spin and get the ball into his wing with room to cook. As ex-football Scott MacDonald noted at the end of the first half, this was the first occasion that fierce pressure was applied correctly, providing little relief after an opening half hour that ball problems familiar to footballers returned. In the show where the kiwi looked better from the sides.
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Far from Mabel’s goal, Australia’s possession lacked accuracy, and it looked like their best path into the net would come not from open play at all but from set pieces. Irvin was unable to finish the ball from close range after a corner kick fell from Aaron Mooy in front of him in the 17th minute and then he whistled a harsh whistle for a foul that denied the opportunity to score goals in the 28th minute. In the second half, things opened up a little more and a greater volume of opportunities and moments came in Australia route, but that comes with the caveat that New Zealanders have it, too.
None of this should come as a surprise to those who were paying attention on the road to Qatar. Despite the excitement provided by Andrew Redmayne’s tournaments securing qualification, it came in a match where the Australian team only had two shots on target, the first of which was shot in the 82nd minute – from a free kick. Indeed, the way the national team plays under Arnold is already well established at this point, expecting any major tweaks in the limited time ahead of the World Cup would be folly.
Of course, silver linings. Can. Against France and Denmark in their World Cup group, Australia will almost certainly find themselves working as the ball-possessing reactive team comes in November – conceding possession, absorbing pressure and looking to capitalize on moments of weakness. And while their shaky moments will inevitably be picked up by these foes, Thursday night showed Australia could at least take advantage of these opportunities themselves.
3. Places are still up for grabs
Given that he has apparently already been appointed as a substitute in his new team in La Liga Cadiz, Mabel’s performance in this match will be a source of concern for Arnold: Was a major contributor during the qualifiers severe enough to make an impact in Qatar? Well, based on some of the flashes the 27-year-old showed in the first half, not to mention his appearance great goalIt looks like Mabel will continue to be part of Arnold’s starter plans going forward.
However, Thursday’s performance was not the type of performance that those hoping to make their way into the team would have watched with dismay. While Arnold’s preference for team continuity, past contributions to the green and gold and rewarding those who bought into the culture he was looking to build is clear, performance-based opportunities must still exist for those on the outside.
It is worth noting that the centre-back, left-back, midfielder and number nine roles all have club leaders but they are, or at least should be, still precarious.
Australia: Matt Ryan 7, Aziz Behich 6, Milos Degenek 5, Trent Sainsbury 5, Fran Karajic 6, Ajden Hrustek 6, Jackson Irvine 7, Aaron Moi 5, Aware Mabel 7, Adam Taggart 6, Martin Boyle 6
New Zealand: Oliver Seal 7, Librato Cacas 8, Nando Bignaker 6, Michael Boxall 6, Dane Ingham 5, Elijah Just 7, Tim Payne 6, Joe Bell 6, Matthew Garbet 6, Chris Wood 7, Andre De Jong 6
Best and worst performer
Best: Liberato Cacace, New Zealand: Before he was forced off with a strike in the 71st minute, the 21-year-old Empoli took the opportunity to remind Australian fans of the quality that earned him a move from ALM to Serie A with some audacious passes from play. It would be a certain start for the Socceroos team, who considered Mabel their best.
Worst: Trent Sainsbury, Australia: He recovered as the match went on and disaster would likely have forced him to miss his World Cup selection, but Australia could have fallen 2-0 in ten minutes if the New Zealanders had been able to capitalize on two shaky moments from the veteran. With the Australian center back in the air, neither he nor Degenek took the turn by the side.
Highlights and Highlights
Thursday’s competition marked the centenary of the French national football team.
Honor Roll 100 years 💯
All 622 names representing Australia were revealed before kick-off.
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Mabel’s goal after half an hour proved the difference.
What a way to score your first goal in Australia, @TheAwermabil17 👏
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After being appointed coach of the Century team at Sokeros, Guus Hiddink took a position in the dugout as Arnold’s assistant.
“I’ve worked with him in the past, and when I see now how he has managed everything, I am very proud of it”
Graham Arnold and Guus Hiddink met Scott McKinnon after the match.
– 10 Football (@10FootballAU) September 22 2022
After the match: What the managers/players said
Irvine for Network 10: “Far from satisfaction, frankly. There were a lot of things we could have done better. Very satisfied with the result; at the end of the day winning football matches is all about it and we were able to do that today. There are so many aspects of the game Which we can do better, we know that. But with careful preparation and a lot of travel, there is a lot to be happy about. At the end of the day, a win is a win. It is a historic event for the national team. A hundred years. And I’m glad we can bring everyone home positive result.”
From wood to grid 10: “We play football, we try to play from the back. You’ve seen that, we did it against Costa Rica too. It’s a local derby, you have to be physical, you have to be ready to fight. It’s one of those ones where you put your front foot forward and you go from there.”
Hiddink to Network 10: “Although it is a training match, it is very important to have confidence in winning. I think this is not a bad team, but New Zealand have been a very skilled team. Although I think that [Australia] Maybe he should have had one or two more goals.”
Arnold to Network 10: “Look, we still have a long way to go. New Zealand just lost to Costa Rica and they could have easily qualified. I thought if there was one downside with us tonight it was that we lost the physical battle. To get to the World Cup, you have to win those physical fights.” .
Australia has now lost just one of their previous 10 internationals at Lang Park (W6, D3), according to Socceroos. Their last defeat there came in a 1-0 loss to South Korea on January 17, 2015.
Despite the long-shared history between the two, Thursday was the first meeting between Australia and New Zealand since June 2011, according to Socceroos.
According to Socceroos, Thursday was No. 17 with Taggart, but it is the first that the former Brisbane Roar man has managed to represent his country on home soil.
It has now been more than 20 years since New Zealand defeated Australia, according to Network 10, the last time in the Oceania Nations Cup final in 2002.
The two teams will travel to New Zealand for the return leg of this two-legged series at Eden Park on Sunday afternoon, the first home match New Zealand has played in five long years.
Arnold has already indicated that it will be a completely different lineup from Socceroos in that competition, as he doesn’t even expect XI to start Thursday with a trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud. It opens the door for the likes of Cummings, Cole, Cameron Devlin and Harrison Delbridge to appear, and for those like Dennis Genro, Conor Metcalfe and Marco Tellio to press their case for a place on the plane to Doha.