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Socceroos cruise past China

The Socceroos managed to brush aside China in a good first half display scoring two goals in the first thirty minutes through Brett Holman and Mark Bresciano in Guangzhou.

China and the Socceroos were using this friendly to prepare for the 2007 Asian Cup and the Socceroos should be more than pleased with the way things went in the match. The Socceroos were missing a number of key players including Tim Cahill and Vince Grella but all the same played some decent football for most of the match.

The Chinese team on the other hand had most of its key players in the team including Charlton striker Zheng Zhi but they looked disjointed and lacked ideas in the middle of the park especially in the first half. One key player missing for China though was PSV Eindhoven's Sun Xiang.

I thought Socceroos debuntants Carl Valeri and Shane Stefanutto had good games and should look forward to more Socceroos caps whilst Brett Holman's overall contribution was very good.

This was the kind of international friendly a lot of football fans have been asking for - a friendly against Asian opposition and in Asia and it was a good preparation for the Asian Cup and I think one or two more friendlies nearer the time would be also good.

I am still coming to terms with the fact that now all Socceroos friendlies are no longer available on SBS. I couldn't bother going to the pub to watch this match but from the highlights, it looks like it was an easy match for the Socceroos and one that can dangerously raise our hopes for the Asian Cup. I for one would still want a friendly with either Japan or South Korea, that would be a good test.

A good idea Carl would have been to allow SBS to show the highlights/full replay after the match has finished just like FoxSports used to do when the rights were with SBS.

I think China gave Australia too much respect especially in the first half but after the two goals and especially in the second-half China tried to come back into the match trying to match the Australians.

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