Socceroos cult hero Jason Cummings takes the shine off young star Garang Kuol’s first goal for his country with a VERY cheeky comment, but he could be right!
- Kuol scored late in the 3-1 win over Ecuador
- Finishing move started by Alex Robertson
- Jason Cummings was not impressed with the goal
Garang Kuol scored the first of what Australian rules football fans hope will be many more goals for his country when he sent a shot into the net late in his team’s 3-1 win over Ecuador on Friday night, but one of his teammates was not impressed. absolutely.
The 18-year-old became the fourth-youngest player to score for the Australian team when he headed in a move started by Manchester City’s Alex Robertson, who was making his debut.
However, replays showed that he appeared to have been slightly offside when he sent the ball home, but with no VAR working during the friendly, the goal stood.
Cult hero Jason Cummings brought Kuol back down to earth after his first goal for the Socceroos when he interrupted the young star’s post-match interview (pictured)
The 18-year-old became the fourth-youngest player to score for Australia when he slotted the ball into goal late in a 3-1 win over Ecuador on Friday night.
Kuol was being interviewed on the field after the siren when teammate Jason Cummings grabbed him from behind and said: ‘Hey Garangski, I was offside!’
The teenager laughed at the comment from the Scottish striker, who did not make it to the CommBank Stadium pitch.
Kuol, who came close to scoring what would have been an impressive goal in Australia’s World Cup loss to Argentina last year, joined Robertson to show why Graham Arnold’s side could have a bright future when the The Socceroos’ most experienced stars keep going.
“It’s these older guys that are crucial to all of that, they have to lead the way and they did very well,” Arnold said.
‘Let’s not get carried away: these kids need a lot of experience and a lot of playing time in their clubs.
Kuol (pictured celebrating his goal with Marco Tilio) finished off a move started by another very promising youngster, Manchester City’s Alex Robertson.
‘These kids haven’t played against South American teams before, but I was very happy with young Alex and Aiden O’Neill was very good.
“These young guys are touching the older guys on the shoulder, which is great.”
Melbourne City midfielder O’Neill was the only player in Arnold’s starting XI not to go to the World Cup and familiarity allowed Australia to quickly get into their groove.
Mitch Duke was busy all night helping to prepare Irvine for Australia’s opener.
Duke slid low to deflect Craig Goodwin’s free kick through the box on 12 minutes and Irvine was given the simplest job to take advantage of.
Replays showed Duke offside, but with no VAR in use, Australia had the upper hand.
Robertson (pictured with fans after the match) could play for England, Scotland or Peru, but chose Australia
Ecuador responded quickly with a well-used header from defender Félix Torres.
But Australia were able to retake the lead when their high pressing caught the visitors at the back.
Defender Piero Hincape was snatched a ball by an upset Irvine and the midfielder was able to get Mabil out in the box.
The winger sent the ball into the back of the net and Australia looked promising.
Duke were in their prime and the striker could be considered unlucky not to have scored on his return to western Sydney.
Socceroos manager Graham Arnold singled out Aiden O’Neill for his special praise after the game.
The forward was pulled just after the hour mark with hard-working midfielder Keanu Baccus at the expense of Wanderers forward Brandon Borrello and Robertson.
Robertson, who has yet to start a senior game for Manchester City, looked confident in his first appearance for the Socceroos and it was his intricate build-up play that started a move towards Kuol’s goal.
Robertson charged down the left exchanging passes along the way before finding Aziz Behich, whose cross was taken advantage of by Kuol.
Arnold said he would likely make changes in the second friendly against Ecuador in Melbourne on Tuesday.
“It’s a friendly game, but it’s about getting kids to learn what we want from them,” Arnold said.
“Ecuador was a good team and I am very happy with the way the boys played.”