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Socceroos Asian Cup ratings: Several players star in Australia's thrashing of Palestine

5:32 PM GMT+4 11/01/2019
Jamie Maclaren Socceroos
The green and gold got their tournament back on track with a solid team effort across the board

Australia kickstarted their Asian Cup campaign with a routine 3-0 victory over Palestine at the Maktoum Bin Rashid al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on Wednesday (AEDT).

Jamie Maclaren got his first Socceroos goal while Awer Mabil and Apostolos Giannou were also on the scoresheet.

Several players that performed poorly against Jordan lifted their game considerably this time around.

Check out Goal's ratings for every Australian player below. 

  • Maty Ryan Socceroos

    Mat Ryan

    Rating: 7/10

    Easy night between the sticks for the Australian shot stopper.

    Was rarely troubled and dealt with all the danger thrown his way.

  • Aziz Behich Socceroos

    Aziz Behich

    Rating: 7/10

    Was a strong attacking outlet from most of the match in a much improved performance from the Jordan game.

    Continuallly fired in dangerous crosses into the penalty area.

    Dealt with his defensive duties when needed.

  • Milos Degenek

    Milos Degenek

    Rating: 7/10

    Routine night at the back for the Australian defence and Degenek did his job solidly.

    Will have an important role against Syria with Sainsbury suspended.


  • Trent Sainsbury Socceroos

    Trent Sainsbury

    Rating: 8/10

    Much improved performace from the Socceroos No.1 centre half.

    Looked confident on the ball and strode into midfield a number of times.

    Just a shame he picked up that dodgy yellow card for time wasting and will miss the Syria match.

  • Rhyan Grant Socceroos

    Rhyan Grant

    Rating: 7/10

    Worked tirelessly getting up and down the right flank to provide an attacking option.

    The real test will be how he deals with quality wingers when the Socceroos play tougher opposition.


  • Mark Milligan Socceroos

    Mark Milligan

    Rating: 8/10

    Another player who was much better than in the Jordan game.

    Ran the midfield superbly, dictated play and broke up Palestine attacks.

  • Jackson Irvine Burton Albion

    Jackson Irvine

    Rating: 7/10

    Was desparately unlucky not to score with his constant aerial threat in the box.

    May have done enough to earn another start with a tidy performance in midfield also.

  • Chris Ikonomidis Socceroos

    Chris Ikonomidis

    Rating: 8/10

    One of Australia's best players and has he likely nailed down a starting spot for the rest of the tournament.

    Played an absolutely superb pass for Mabil's goal and was a constant menace in attack - mainly down the left hand side.

    It looks like Robbie Kruse's run as a consistent starter is over.

  • Socceroos Tom Rogic

    Tom Rogic

    Rating: 8/10 

    Playing with a broken hand, Rogic was the fulcrum of Australia's attacks and played a magnificent ball for Maclaren's first Socceroos goal.

    Hopefully we can see more of this Rogic going forward, instead of the one who turned up against Jordan.

  • Awer Mabil Socceroos

    Awer Mabil

    Rating: 8/10

    Another goal for the exciting attacker with a lovely finish at the back post after Ikonomidis' wonderful ball.

    His movement and unpredictability is a real asset. 

    If he can just add some final product to his delivery then Australia is going to have a real player on their hands.

  • Jamie Maclaren Socceroos

    Jamie Maclaren

    Rating: 8/10

    Maclaren finally got his first Socceroos goal with an excellent header which diverted the ball into the corner.

    It was lucky he did find the net because there may have been more focus on his early miss in the six-yard box.

    He will be hoping to contribute more around the penalty area but his job is to score goals.

  • Substitutes

    Massimo Luongo: 6/10

    Kept things ticking over in midfield. Has likely lost his midfield starting spot to Irvine.

    Apostolos Giannou: 8/10

    Continued his decent scoring rate for Australia with a nice finish in the dying moments. Keeping the pressure on Maclaren for the starting role.

    Robbie Kruse: N/A

    Came on late and didn't have much of an impact. Looks to have lost his starting position to Ikonomidis.