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Socceroos start Graham Arnold era with comfortable Kuwait win

10:23 PM GMT+4 15/10/2018
Apostolos Giannou
The green and gold were gifted an easy start to life under Arnold

The Socceroos have breezed past Kuwait 4-0 in Graham Arnold's first game back in charge of the green and gold. 

After a bright start to the game, the Socceroos would be rewarded for their efforts in the 12th minute when a Robbie Kruse cross was inadvertently headed home by Khalid Mohamed Ibrahim.

Continuing to pour numbers forward following the fortunate opener, Australia would double their lead via starting striker Apostolos Giannou, who tapped home from close range following a defensive mix-up in the 21st minute for his first international goal.

Having dominated the first half, Mathew Leckie nearly bagged a third before the break as he forced a solid save from Kuwait keeper Hameed Al Qallaf. 

Untroubled in the first 45 minutes, Socceroos keeper Danny Vukovic was called into action in the 50th minute as he did well to tip a long-range effort over the crossbar.

Kuwait continued to ask more questions of Australia's at times shaky defence in the second half but struggled for accuracy in the final third.

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic had no such issues in a strong individual performance and would seal the result in the 82nd minute as he placed the ball into the bottom right of goal from the top of the box.

Debutant Awer Mabil would then add the icing to an encouraging performance as he found the back of the net in the 88th minute after nice build-up play from Tomi Juric. 

A solid start to Arnold's second stint in charge of the Socceroos, but still plenty of work to do and much tougher opponents ahead for Australia as they look to defend the Asian Cup in less than three months.