Mathew Leckie has made sure he is given the best chance possible to impress at the 2019 Asian Cup right from the get-go, scoring in Hertha Berlin’s 2-2 draw against Augsburg on Wednesday morning.
Leckie scored in the game’s 28th minute with Hertha trailing 1-0, and just three minutes later they turned the game on its head and went in front.
However, to round off a frantic first half, Augsburg struck in the 39th minute through South Korean Koo Ja-cheol.
🇦🇺⚽️ @Socceroos star #MathewLeckie was on target for @HerthaBSC today, but it wasn’t enough for victory against @FCAugsburg, the match ending 2-2. For all the latest results from Europe, visit the website https://t.co/OR9R61KFXP #Bundesliga #BSCFCA pic.twitter.com/dIK8uzdlAb
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_AUS) December 18, 2018
Leckie played 90 minutes too in what was his fifth Bundesliga start in a row. Of those, he played a full game on three occasions.
Meanwhile, a man who will want to usurp Leckie in the Socceroos’ starting XI is Perth Glory’s Chris Ikonomidis, who is in line to be selected for the squad according to The Australian.
Ikonomidis has featured in every game for the Glory this season, starting seven of their eight matches, but it is his attacking stats which do the most talking.
The 23-year-old already has five goals and two assists to his name and it seems that could be enough to put him in the mix for January’s tournament in the UAE.
Graham Arnold is due to name his 23-man squad for the tournament on Wednesday morning and is able to make changes to the final cut until six hours before the opening group game against Jordan.