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Hard fought win for Socceroos

The Socceroos qualified for the 2007 Asian Cup with a 2 nil win over Kuwait and when you look at it now it looks so easy. In this decimated group after the withdrawal of Lebanon, six points are enough to qualify and an extra point would possibly win the group.

It was indeed a hard fought win for the Socceroos but for a while it looked like it was going to end up in a draw. Credit to Kuwait who defended so well and it was rare lapse in their defence that led to Socceroos' first goal but it was a good counter attack that led the second.

The Socceroos dominated the match for long periods which was good to see and Kuwait looked like they had a game plan to come and go away with a respectable draw. Their counter-attacks were quite good and had it not been for wayward finishing they could have been the first to score in the second half.

I just didn't appreciate the high numbers used by the Socceroos. Why for example give the goalie number 51? To me it gave an impression that the lower numbers were reserved for the World Cup stars and these guys had to settle for the numbers after say 23 and yet the team played so well and gave all they could against a well organised Kuwait team.

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