Graham Arnold’s first XI could be in line for something of an overhaul after the Socceroos opened their Asian Cup defence with a listless 1-0 defeat against Jordan in Al Ain on Sunday night.
Australia struggled to break down the well organised Jordanians, who struck in the first half to secure three points and with it, a famous win in the nation’s football history.
The defending Asian champions started sluggishly but worked their way back into the game following half time, and substitutes Rhyan Grant and Chris Ikonomidis brought some inspiration.
Ultimately, they could not help find the net and an opening day defeat left Australians fuming with the loss.
Our Asian Cup defence begins in defeat against Jordan.
— Daily Football Show (@DFS_AUS) January 6, 2019
Contrasting emotions post filing. On the one hand, knee jerk reactions are usually ill-considered. However, the truly unimaginative nature of the Socceroos going forward has to be a genuine concern. #Socceroos #AUSvJOR
— Joey Lynch (@joeylynchy) January 6, 2019
There’s no avoiding how poorly Australia played last night but that result was all about Jordan. They got their tactics and execution spot on and deserved their victory. It was a timely reminder that some preconceptions about Asian football need to be reconsidered. #AUSvJOR
— Jonathan Howcroft (@JPHowcroft) January 6, 2019
This team needs some surgery for the next game. Rogic, Kruse, Maclaren out, Irvine, Ikonmidis and Nabbout in #Socceroos
— John Davidson (@johnnyddavidson) January 6, 2019
I think it’s time we give Leckie a run of games as our no.9.
No way he fares worse than Maclaren, Juric, Giannou – at least he’ll cause some trouble with his directness and hard running. Plenty of wingers have transitioned in recent times, why not give it a go. #Socceroos
— Tino (@bigcreds) January 6, 2019
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) January 6, 2019