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Socceroos vs New Zealand, news, scores, analysis, player ratings, Garang Kuol, Jason Cummings

Graham Arnold changed his entire XI for the second match against New Zealand as the new-look side won 2-0 in Auckland on Sunday afternoon.

The first match on Kiwi soil in over 20 years hosted a host of debutants, with some fresh faces putting their names in the limelight with sensational efforts.

But some players struggled in a particularly poor first half.

Here’s how each player performed!

Report: Cult Hero scores a goal as Cool makes an impressive 18-minute cameo.

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Defense

Andrew Redmayne: 7.5

Perhaps a surprising starter in goal, with a known quantity, but Mitch Langerke could have given him a chance after his retirement and long absence from the team. But Peru’s penalty kick hero delivered again, making several good confirmations to close potential threats. He didn’t face any serious shots, but he was pretty safe to deal with the two attempts he did face.

Nathaniel Atkinson: 6

He gave space to roam on the right wing, was aggressive and positive – although he didn’t have much of an impact. The talented Liberato struggled to shut down Cacas at times, but was strong defensively. It was taken after 63 minutes.

Thomas Deng: 7

After being physical against the Kiwis last time out, Deng and Delbridge brought a lot of intensity – especially when they battled the dangerous Chris Wood in the first half hour. Although they read the ball well and ran the cover, the ball distribution was poor which resulted in them frequently passing balls in dangerous areas in the first half. Some sensational assurances at the death highlighted a superb performance that could have earned him a ticket to Qatar.

Harrison Delbridge: 6.5

With the combination of experienced veterans Trent Sainsbury and Milos Degenek, the reliable Bailey Wright and the rising stars of Harry Soutar and Key Rawls, Delbridge was forced to do his time on the wing. But at the age of 30, Delbridge finally got his chance in Korea on the back of two impressive seasons at Incheon United. He was invincible in the air, reliant on stretching headspaces and elsewhere. He had one terrible change that could have easily bowled the Aussies out, but other than that he’ll be very happy.

Joel King: 6

The youngster saw a lot of tackles, but struggled to get forward in any meaningful way and was reluctant to make the inbounds run. Maybe it’s a lack of confidence or a fear of leaving space for the New Zealand counterpart to attack. He touched the ball more than any other player on the park, but was a bit sloppy with his occasional passes. Strong defender. Simple, low performance.

Harrison Delbridge was solid for the first time.
Harrison Delbridge was solid for the first time.Source: Getty Images

Midfielder

Denise Jenner: 6

He defended strongly, tackling hard and breaking up play. Although he struggled to make an impact on the ball in the first half, he improved a lot in the second half and was substituted in the 63rd minute.

Riley McGregor: 7

He didn’t seem to be on the same wavelength as his teammates in the first half. He came out with better ideas in the second half and suddenly the NZ defense was under pressure, running the attack and finding more space. An exciting half of football.

Riley McGree had an impressive second half.Source: Getty Images

Connor Metcalfe: 7.5

A brilliant chipped ball for Duke’s goal was a display of solid skill. He was overwhelmed in midfield in the first half, and often forced to make tough decisions as New Zealand rushed forward – and Metcalfe was caught out on more than one occasion. Despite some poor touches under pressure, he showed great initiative in midfield and launched most of Australia’s attacks. With his strong performance and improvement, he continues to have the potential to be a long-term football player. Entered in the 823rd minute.

Mitchell Duke kisses the Socceroos crate after the goal.Source: Getty Images

Attackers

Mitch Duke: 7.5

They know exactly what they’re going to get from Duke – hard work on and off the ball and a big, physical target up front. Just like the last game, Duke made some smart running plays, but balls had a hard time finding the attacker. When he did, he finally got the ball into a good position, unselfishly setting up Tilion for an easy finish (though he pointed at me), before heading in a thunderous ball, and almost adding another when it went inside the front post. An hour later he bought in, finished his job.

Asked how desperate he was to play in Qatar, Duke told Channel 10: “Hugely. I am now 31 years old and this is my only chance to be on the plane and participate in the World Cup. It was my motivation. I feel I have done well to win many chances and I hope to get the final selection.

Marcus Tillio: 4

A dreadful first half was summed up by an absolutely horrendous miss that looked too easy to score. But he has since worked hard to make amends for his disastrous mistake – and was superb in the second half. His footwork and willingness to take on a defender was a good sign and he showed plenty of character to fight back after the mistake. He came on in the 73rd minute after picking up a yellow a few minutes ago.

Matt Leckie: 6

He looked a little rusty, especially in the first half. He was often very slow on the ball but made good runs and was the only outlet for the striker in the opening half, apart from Duke. He worked hard but with little reward.

Cameron Devlin is fighting hard and identifies as a potential number six at the World Cup.Source: Getty Images

Substitutes

Cameron Devlin: 6.5

His first move after arriving at the park was running to block a shot on the edge of the area. His second, a minute later, was a sensational sliding tackle. In the first half he was completely lacking in physicality and purpose. He’s put up a few passes, but he’ll be excited about the first one.

Jason Cummings: 8

For the first time, he presented the goal – the cult hero. Cummings would have had a goal from open play had NZ’s Liberato Cacas not blocked the shot with his hand after some sensational build-up play from Garang Kuol. But he made no mistake with a calm finish from the resulting penalty. Cummings worked hard to get involved in the game.

“I’m absolutely screaming,” he told Channel 10. “He was knocking a little bit. I just wanted to get on the field.

Jason Cummings of the Socceroos celebrates.Source: Getty Images

Ryan Strain: 5

Strong defensively, but not really tested. He worked hard to link up with Leckie and the central midfielders to build an attack, but was reasonably quiet.

Garang Kool: 7.5

Days after his 18th birthday, Cool showed why fans are excited about his potential. He simply enjoys having the ball at his feet, is always willing to take on a defender – or several – and back up his skills.

Minutes after coming on, he showed his great speed to run into the opposite box, before – quite rightly – opting to pass to McGree in the play that resulted in a Cummings penalty. He created a good chance with a good touch in the box but his shot was well blocked.

With his blistering pace and ability to create something out of nothing, he may have played himself into a position on the plane to Qatar, potentially a potential game-breaker off the bench.

Keanu Bacchus: 6.5

Battling hard and always seeming to pop up in the middle of the midfield to disrupt the New Zealand game. He racked up several touchdowns in a handful of minutes. A truly promising performance.

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