Australia coach proud after beating Taiwan


Australia coach Graham Arnold said he was proud of his players after their 5-1 win over Taiwan on Monday in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, giving many promising youngsters a chance.

Arnold, who is coaching the Australian national team and the Olympic team, included three players in their first international match, and made 11 changes to the team winning 3-0 over Kuwait a few days ago.

With the exception of experienced defender Trent Sainsbury, who captained his 49th cap, the average cap for the remaining 10 players was less than five.

However, Australia achieved its sixth victory in six qualifiers, consolidating its lead in Group B and five points behind second-placed Jordan, two rounds before the end of the qualifiers.

Australia’s victory over Nepal on Friday will guarantee an appearance in the next round of qualifiers, and Arnold will be able to make more changes ahead of the final round match against Jordan next week.

“I am very proud of the players,” said Arnold, who began his second term with Australia after the 2018 World Cup. We had a lot of young players and some of them made their debut for the national team.

He added: When I took the job, the country’s confidence was in about 14 or 15 players, but now I have about 40 players and we are moving in the right direction.

He continued: The presence of the young players and the bigger players around them during this period, will bring them to new levels, and this is what we want.

Arnold’s focus will then be on the Tokyo Olympics, where Australia will play in a tough group against Argentina, two-time champions, 1992 gold-winning Spain, and Egypt.


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