Australian relief palpable as Socceroos’ Asian Cup defence gets back on course | Scott McIntyre

Graham Arnold’s changes have desired effect against limited Palestine side in Dubai

The sight of Mat Ryan – before he donned an AFC branded cap for the second half that made him look like a weekend golfer – running the length of the pitch to celebrate Australia’s first goal in a 3-0 win over Palestine said it all.

The relief of Australia’s first goal at the tournament, coming in the 18th minute, and the first of Jamie Maclaren’s international career was a huge release of the pressure that had been building from the opening Asian Cup loss to Jordan.

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