Australia take well-deserved three points from Kuwait in WC qualifier
Football match between Kuwait and Australia national teams
KUWAIT-- Australia's Mathew Leckie struck twice in a 3-0 triumph in Kuwait, as both nations seek 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualification.
The striker, who plays for German Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, opened his account in the seventh and 30th minutes followed by Premier League club, Brighton and Hove's Aaaron Mooy's effort eight minutes later - all of the Socceroos goals coming in the first half.
The hosts had a better game in the second half, with both Hussain Al-Moussawi and Yousef Nasser coming close to scoring after talisman Bader Al-Mutawa's introduction.
The attacking midfielder, who usually operates as a false nine, was at the receiving end of some solid marking as he made an immediate impact with his inch-perfect and precise passing.
This influence was particularly evident in his side's opening 7-0 thrashing of Nepal in Kuwait, where he scored and had a hand in much of the proceedings.
In spite of the loss Kuwait, who missed on the last four qualifiers due to suspension, remain atop Group B, with three points after two games on goal difference.
However, Australia and Jordan, who trail in second and third respectively, have each only played one game.
Kuwait on October 10 will travel to Jordan, who earlier beat Taiwan, as Australia host Nepal.