Socceroos coach Graham Arnold swung the axe ahead of the clash with Chinese Taipei, making six changes to the team that claimed the 5-0 victory over Nepal.
The host of moves didn’t upset the team too much as the Aussies still ran away to claim the dominant 7-1 victory.
Jamie Maclaren netted a hat-trick against Nepal but was replaced in the starting XI by Adam Taggart, a player who hadn’t found the back of the international net in six years.
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All of that changed early on as Taggart found himself on the receiving end of not one, but two brilliant passages of play from the Socceroos inside 20 minutes.
It looked headed to be a blowout before Chinese Taipei hit back with a goal of their own moments later to make it interesting. At least for a few minutes.
Before the teams departed the pitch for halftime the result was beyond doubt with the Aussies holding an unassailable 4-1 lead.
They padded that advantage out in the second half with three more goals as Chinese Taipei were left helpless to stem the flood of goals.
The win extends the Socceroos’ lead atop Group B in Asian qualification with three straight victories, scoring 15 goals while only conceding one, and puts them comfortably on path into the second phase.
Scottish-born defender Harry Souttar made his presence felt in his Socceroos debut by netting a brace against Nepal, he followed that up with two more goals on Tuesday night.
At a towering 198cm, Souttar was unstoppable in the air and used his head advantage to smash the ball into the back of the net with his head.
Before the game Awe Mabil had hoped Australia would develop a more clinical edge in front of goal, on Tuesday night they were at their potent best with only one defensive lapse the cause for any concern.
“It was a good performance all round. We dominated the game. Chinese Taipei set up very defensively and it was tough to break down,” Taggart said after the game.