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September 7, 2012 3:30 AM EST
Tripoli Municipal Stadium — Tripoli (Tarabulus)
Referee:‬ K. Nikolaidis‎
Attendance:‬ 7000‎
 
 
Tim Cahill 20′
 
Matt McKay 23′
 

Lebanon 0-3 Australia: Socceroos coast by Cedars

The Socceroos consolidated on their superb first-half performance, with Cahill and McKay scoring the goals to set Australia on their way to a 3-0 win

GOAL.com Indonesia   By JAMES WILLOUGHBY


Tim Cahill, Matt McKay and Archie Thompson all scored as Australia notched an impressive 3-0 friendly win over Lebanon in Beirut on Thursday [Friday morning Australian time].

The Socceroos were utterly dominant in the first half as Cahill and McKay scored inside 23 minutes, with playmaker Mark Bresciano particularly impressive.

And Thompson's late effort added polish to the scoreline as Australia gained a confidence boost ahead of Tuesday's crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Jordan.

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck made three changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Scotland last month, with Rhys Williams, Brett Holman and Carl Valeri making way for Cahill, McKay and Nikita Rukavytsya in the starting side.

It meant that Alex Brosque started up front, with Rukavytsya and Kruse offering support on the wings in an attacking side.

Cahill produced the first chance of the match when he fired a left-footed effort straight at Lebanon goalkeeper Abbas Hassan on 11 minutes before the floodlights at the Saida International Stadium went out, leading to a short delay.

The visitors came out breathing fire after the restart and quickly scored through Cahill.

Bresciano set up the goal with a brilliant ball to Luke Wilkshire on the right, who whipped a tidy cross into the area allowing Cahill to rise highest and head Australia into the lead after 19 minutes.

Just four minutes later and the advantage was doubled, as McKay got on the end of a superb team move.

A series of passes were sprayed around the attacking third and, although the move looked like it may have broken down, Bresciano revived it with a ball out to David Carney on the left wing.

The Bunyodkor utility cut back to McKay, and while Hassan got a hand to his shot, he could not do enough to stop the ball sneaking into the corner of the net, allowing the Australian to celebrate his first goal for the national team.

Brosque then spurned a good chance, firing over the bar while Cahill again shot at Hassan.

Going forward, Australia were causing Lebanon all sorts of problems, with the pace of Kruse and Rukavytsya particularly threatening.

Lebanon had fleeting moments, usually involving captain Roda Antar - he had an effort blocked by Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, while he also headed over in the build-up to half-time - but the Socceroos were in complete control at the break.

Lebanon's Hassan Maatouk went on a terrific run early in the second half, beating several opponents but he could only steer his left-foot shot wide of the post as Schwarzer - making his 100th appearance for his country - breathed a sigh of relief.

Brosque went off with 21 minutes remaining with a leg injury that looked serious before substitutes Holman and Adam Sarota wasted chances to score.

Thompson - also a substitute - made up for it, however, with the Melbourne Victory forward scoring his first international goal since 2006, producing a nice left-foot finish to give Australia a winning margin that they deserved.

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Lebanon

1
Abbas Hassan
Goalkeeper
 - 
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Mootaz Jounaidi
Defender
 - 
3
Youssef Mohamad
Defender
46′
 - 
-
 - 
18
Walid Ismail
Defender
67′ 74′
 - 
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Abbas Ahmad Atwi
Midfielder
68′
 - 
7
Hassan Maatouk
Midfielder
 - 
24
Roda Antar
Midfielder
39′ 63′
 - 
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Haytham Faour
Midfielder
 - 
29
 - 
10
Akram Moghrabi
Midfielder
59′
 - 

Australia

 - 
23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
23
 - 
-
 - 
19
 - 
23
Mark Bresciano
Midfielder
46′
 - 
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Matt McKay
Midfielder
23′
 - 
23
 - 
17
Tim Cahill
Midfielder
20′ 51′
 - 
14
 - 
13

Substitutes

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Ali Hamam
Defender
46′
 - 
-
 - 
20
 - 
-
 - 
17
 - 
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Hussein Dakik
Midfielder
74′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
15
Mile Jedinak
Midfielder
46′
 - 
10
 - 
14
Brett Holman
Midfielder
60′ 88′
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Jade North
Defender
65′
 - 
19
Adam Sarota
Midfielder
69′
 - 
30
James Holland
Midfielder
78′ 88′

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Coach/Manager

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  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
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  • Goal.com Man of the Match
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Results
 
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A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0