Socceroos Defeat Lebanon 2-0 in World Cup Qualifier at CommBank Stadium

Socceroos Secure 2-0 Victory Against Lebanon in World Cup Qualifier

The Socceroos claimed a 2-0 victory over Lebanon at CommBank Stadium, further solidifying their position as Group I leaders in the AFC World Cup qualifying campaign. Keanu Baccus and Kye Rowles notched their first Socceroos goals in a match that saw more than 27,000 fans in attendance.

Baccus, who formerly played for Western Sydney Wanderers, opened the scoring with a fifth-minute strike that may have been intended as a cross. His return to his old stomping grounds proved fruitful as he found the back of the net. Rowles, a product of the A-League, added another goal in the second half with a powerful shot off his left foot.

Despite injuries to Riley McGree and Jordy Bos, the Socceroos maintained their lead in the qualifying group with nine points. Lebanon, on the other hand, sits at the bottom with two points. Perth Glory’s Adam Taggart earned a start after a prolific A-League season but was unable to convert his chances on the night.

Baccus’ memorable goal was celebrated at the same stadium where his family witnessed the momentous occasion. Although his intentions with the shot remain a topic of debate, the midfielder was elated to contribute to the team’s success.

As the game progressed, Lebanon had opportunities to narrow the deficit, coming close to scoring against Maty Ryan. However, Australia’s defense held firm, and the Socceroos secured the win with a clean sheet.

The victory propels Australia closer to their World Cup qualification goal, showcasing the talent and determination of the team. With players like Baccus and Rowles stepping up when it matters most, the Socceroos are on a promising trajectory as they navigate the qualifying rounds.

Denis Hardin

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