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Irvine’s Socceroos Enjoy Emphatic Win

10 October 2019
Jackson Irvine played the full 90 minutes as Australia registered a dominant 5-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Nepal on Thursday.

A Jamie Maclaren hat-trick and a debut double by Harry Souttar secured the victory for Graham Arnold’s side to make it a perfect six points from two games in Group B.

Irvine was heavily involved in the action at the GIO Stadium in Canberra, twice going close to finding the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes – including a ninth-minute header that came back off the past – as the Socceroos took a 3-0 lead into the break.

The Tigers’ midfielder fired over in the early stages of the second half before grabbing an assist for his country’s fifth and final goal when producing an impressive chest pass to pick out Maclaren, who fired past Kiran Chemjong in stoppage time to wrap up Australia’s biggest home win since 2016.

Irvine and his international team-mates face a short turnaround before flying out to Chinese Taipei ahead of their third match in Group B, which is played at Kaohsiung Stadium on Tuesday 15th October.