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ozzie owl wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:52 am
Con M wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:52 pm
Vietnam v Australia 0-1. A header by ex-mullet man Rhyan Grant just before half-time.

Horrible pitch, terrible humidity, scrappy performance but got the win thankfully.
What a shocking pitch looked liked mid season amateur league ground .
I've never been to Vietnam but I'm assuming the grass is similar to what I've seen elsewhere in SE Asia. They tend to have a kikuyu type grass. Very spongey and thick. The humidity is very high as well. Hard to breathe on hot days when temp is higher than normal.

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ozzie owl wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:52 am
Con M wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:52 pm
Vietnam v Australia 0-1. A header by ex-mullet man Rhyan Grant just before half-time.

Horrible pitch, terrible humidity, scrappy performance but got the win thankfully.
What a shocking pitch looked liked mid season amateur league ground .
It's called home ground advantage. ;-)
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Bomber wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:02 am
ozzie owl wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:52 am
Con M wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:52 pm
Vietnam v Australia 0-1. A header by ex-mullet man Rhyan Grant just before half-time.

Horrible pitch, terrible humidity, scrappy performance but got the win thankfully.
What a shocking pitch looked liked mid season amateur league ground .
It's called home ground advantage. ;-)
AND isn't the pitch the same for both teams?????

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Old Redback wrote:
Thu Sep 09, 2021 4:37 pm
Bomber wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:02 am
ozzie owl wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:52 am
Con M wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:52 pm
Vietnam v Australia 0-1. A header by ex-mullet man Rhyan Grant just before half-time.

Horrible pitch, terrible humidity, scrappy performance but got the win thankfully.
What a shocking pitch looked liked mid season amateur league ground .
It's called home ground advantage. ;-)
AND isn't the pitch the same for both teams?????
Of course, but one team may play on such surfaces much more often, or to nullify a more ground-passing style opponent
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As I said earlier in this topic, a 1 - 0 win in every game will do me fine.
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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (Final Round)

Matchday 3: Australia v Oman
Date: Thursday, 7 October 2021
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Kick-off: 9.30pm local (5.30am AEDT – Friday, 8 October 2021)
Broadcast: Live and free in Australia on 10 and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 5am AEDT

Matchday 4: Japan v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Venue: Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan
Kick-off: 7.14pm local (9.14pm AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and free in Australia on 10 Bold and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 8.30pm AEDT

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Roos pair underdone
But Arnie backing Mooy, Ryan

SOCCEROOS coach Graham Arnold has backed key pair Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy
to shine for Australia in Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Oman in Doha, despite
their lack of recent club football.
The “home” clash against Oman – which had been scheduled for Sydney before
travel restrictions forced it to be moved abroad – will be followed by another Group
B qualifier next Tuesday against Japan in Saitama.
Goalkeeper Ryan and playmaker Mooy loom as key figures over the next two games,
despite being starved of football.
Ryan’s move from the English Premier League to Spanish club Real Sociedad hasn’t
led to regular football, with the former Central Coast Mariners keeper having started
in just one La Liga match.
“He’s not playing at this moment but he played in La Liga last week and he’s in great
form, so we’re very strong in that department,” Arnold told Socceroos Insider, before
praising the other glovemen in Australia’s 25-man squad, Netherlands-based Danny
Vukovic and Denmark-based Lawrence Thomas.
“We have three great goalkeepers.
Unfortunately, the Australian-based goalkeepers at the moment are having trouble
getting out of Australia because of the quarantine when they go home.”
Ryan’s former Brighton teammate Mooy has made just five Chinese Super League
appearances for Shanghai Port this year, the most recent on May 16.
With the CSL in a threeand-a-half month hiatus to allow China’s national team to
prepare for its World Cup qualifiers, Mooy has returned to the UK to be with his
family.
He is maintaining his fitness via a program devised by Socceroos strength and
conditioning coach Andrew Clark.
“Aaron’s been back in Scotland with the family,” Arnold said.
“He’s been given an individual program. Andrew Clark went across to Scotland
during the break (between international windows) and spent a week with Aaron.
“He worked him extremely hard on his own, and ‘Clarky’ came back and said he’s in
great shape, and he could easily play a full game, so he’s in a very good headspace.
“He’s with his family and he’s very happy. He said he’s very fit and ready to go.”
If the Socceroos beat Oman, they will become the first nation in history to win 11
successive matches in a single qualifying campaign.
The Socceroos top Group B in the third round of Asian Football qualifiers. The top
two teams from Groups A and B will automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup.

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1-1 halftime versus Oman.

Good early goal by Mabil, but then Australia’s midfield was over-run. Oman collectively and individually with better ball control.

Oman deserved to equalise, despite losing their best player to a shoulder injury.

I hope Arnie shakes the players up during the break because Rogic was just plodding around in the midfield and Australia was making zero progress down the right flank.

Away from Qatar, it was good to hear the Saudis beat Japan 1-0, although that will make Japan desperate against Australia on Tuesday.

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In the end it was a 3-1 win with second half goals by Boyle and Duke.

Not their best performance so will need to improve against a desperate Japan on Tuesday 12 October (8.44pm S.A. time on Ch10).

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The Socceroos have become the first ever nation to win 11 consecutive FIFA World Cip qualifiers in a single campaign, not sure many other teams would get the opportunity to play this many games let alone beat it, but anyway well done and now over to a massive game against Japan.

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Rookie wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:04 am
The Socceroos have become the first ever nation to win 11 consecutive FIFA World Cip qualifiers in a single campaign, not sure many other teams would get the opportunity to play this many games let alone beat it, but anyway well done and now over to a massive game against Japan.
Great run especially as every game away.

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ozzie owl wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:18 am
Rookie wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:04 am
The Socceroos have become the first ever nation to win 11 consecutive FIFA World Cip qualifiers in a single campaign, not sure many other teams would get the opportunity to play this many games let alone beat it, but anyway well done and now over to a massive game against Japan.
Great run especially as every game away.
Tough game against Japan coming up. Lost again to the Saudi's. They need to get on a winning run soon.

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eagleboy wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:31 am
ozzie owl wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:18 am
Rookie wrote:
Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:04 am
The Socceroos have become the first ever nation to win 11 consecutive FIFA World Cip qualifiers in a single campaign, not sure many other teams would get the opportunity to play this many games let alone beat it, but anyway well done and now over to a massive game against Japan.
Great run especially as every game away.
Tough game against Japan coming up. Lost again to the Saudi's. They need to get on a winning run soon.
Japan really struggling lately, perhaps the Chinese Virus is taking it's toll on their squad?
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Amazing how much Awer Mabil has improved overseas. He was my man of the match.

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Lost 1-2 in Japan tonight. Just can’t quite get over the the line over there.

Hit the post in the first half and should have scored.

Gutsy effort to equalise in the second half but then conceded an untidy winner to Japan late on.

Now onward for some home games to seal qualification for World Cup 2022.

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Con M wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:52 pm
Lost 1-2 in Japan tonight. Just can’t quite get over the the line over there.

Hit the post in the first half and should have scored.

Gutsy effort to equalise in the second half but then conceded an untidy winner to Japan late on.

Now onward for some home games to seal qualification for World Cup 2022.
Arnie went for the win and it cost. Surprised Mabil was on the bench. That Boyle is 1 good player. Had the Japanese mesmerized. Unhappy with the loss but fair result.

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i reckon Arnie left it too late with his subs, both goals we conceded were very unlucky IMO, that deflection from the cross caught out Beich and the second one was probably more poor defending to allow that cross to come over, that Japanese players that created that second goal sure created havoc when he came on, at least the remaining games are all at home bar one against the saudi's

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Poor coaching at the end of the game from Arnie.
He looked to be going for a win, when he should of settled for a draw and closed the game down.
When you have an away point against one of the powerhouse teams with 10 minutes to go you don't go all out and risk the loss.
Now we must get a result against the Saudi's as a loss and a Japan win will have them level with us on points.

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good luck in the playoff against South American opposition :lol:

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jimbo wrote:
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:27 pm
Poor coaching at the end of the game from Arnie.
He looked to be going for a win, when he should of settled for a draw and closed the game down.
When you have an away point against one of the powerhouse teams with 10 minutes to go you don't go all out and risk the loss.
Now we must get a result against the Saudi's as a loss and a Japan win will have them level with us on points.
Agreed. Arnie does seem a bit inflexible sometimes.

One things out of last night was the ref. I think he had done a great job. I cant think of any stand out bad decisions.

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How can bad defending be " bad luck" ?

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Arnie should have not changed a winning line-up just so he could give Mooy a run, he was well below his best and could never really get into the game.

Behic played well with Mabil on the wing and appeared unable to cope without his support which cost us dearly.

If Arnie wanted to give Mooy a go he should have used him as late sub when we had the game sewn up and not start him against our most dangerous opponent in Asia.

And leaving the former Mullet Man out was stupidity to the Max. :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:
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Old Master wrote:
Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:07 pm
Arnie should have not changed a winning line-up just so he could give Mooy a run, he was well below his best and could never really get into the game.

Behic played well with Mabil on the wing and appeared unable to cope without his support which cost us dearly.

If Arnie wanted to give Mooy a go he should have used him as late sub when we had the game sewn up and not start him against our most dangerous opponent in Asia.

And leaving the former Mullet Man out was stupidity to the Max. :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:
Fully agree.

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Unread post by B.Toomer » Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:17 pm

How can bad defending be " bad luck" ?
not often i agree with stinky but he is right....

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Grosso Mk II wrote:
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:41 pm
good luck in the playoff against South American opposition :lol:
Doubt it will be needed. With all those home games to come, should at least come second to Saudi Arabia and qualify.

And umm, a reminder: Australia did overcome South America’s Uruguay in November 2005 and qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. And had VAR existed in 2006 Grosso would have been yellow-carded for that dive and Italia, already down to 10 men would have been over-run in extra time as Hiddink still had 2 fresh reserves to throw on.

Fate dealt Australia a dirty hand because they would have gone to that quarter-final in Hamburg and beaten Ukraine. Imagine what making a semi-final against the host nation Germany done for the game here!

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