Soc­ceroos still top af­ter Tag­gart goal

Mercury (Hobart) - - SOCCER - MARTY SILK in Am­man, Jor­dan

ADAM Tag­gart has scored the only goal as Aus­tralia hung on for its first away win over Jor­dan in the 2022 World Cup qual­i­fier in Am­man.

Tag­gart’s 13th-minute chipped fin­ish at the King Ab­dul­lah II Stadium yes­ter­day al­lowed Aus­tralia to stay top of Group B with 12 points. “It is im­por­tant to end the year on a high and it’s a tough place to come and his­tory has shown how dif­fi­cult it is for any coun­try to come here,” Tag­gart said.

“So we’re all re­ally happy with the re­sult and I think we’ve still got a lot to go, there’s still a lot to build on.”

Man­ager Gra­ham Arnold was proud that his side was able to re­sist an at­tempted sec­ond-half come­back to record Aus­tralia’s first vic­tory over Jor­dan in the Mid­dle East.

“The Soc­ceroos have never won here and we’re the first to do it,” Arnold said.

Goal­keeper Mathew Ryan’s late ef­forts were cru­cial af­ter Jor­dan started ag­gres­sively, par­tic­u­larly down the left where play­maker Jack­son Irvine was de­ployed to make way for the re­turn­ing Tom Rogic in the mid­dle. But Aus­tralia was the first to strike with Irvine set­ting up Tag­gart with a bril­liant through ball.

The Hull City man threaded a per­fectly weighted pass be­tween the op­pos­ing cen­tre backs and the Su­won Bluew­ings for­ward neatly fin­ished past Jor­da­nian goal­keeper Amer Shafi.

Irvine fluffed a glo­ri­ous chance to dou­ble the lead off Aaron Mooy’s cor­ner in the 29th minute when the ball re­bounded into his feet just out­side the six-yard box only for him to smash it over.

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