The Olyroos have began their Tokyo Olympics marketing campaign in spectacular trend with an upset 2-0 victory over Argentina.
Lachlan Wales and Marco Tilio have been on track in a combative contest which noticed 10 gamers booked and Argentina defender Francisco Ortega despatched off earlier than half-time.
Olyroos coach Graham Arnold had promised his gamers would produce “one thing particular” in Japan they usually duly delivered below the closed roof of the Sapporo Dome.
Australia’s win, which sees them prime the Group C standings, avenged 1-0 defeats to Argentina on the 2004 and 2008 Olympics when the South People went on to win gold.
The sport started in a frantic trend with Daniel Arzani bursting previous a number of defenders within the first minute and Argentina solely simply surviving the raid.
Harry Souttar produced a giant last-ditch deal with for the Olyroos on the different finish earlier than the impasse was damaged after 14 minutes.
Souttar’s free-kick launched Joel King down the left and his cross arrange Mitch Duke in entrance of purpose.
Duke missed his kick however Wales, the Western United ahead, got here in behind him to fit dwelling.
Argentina pair Fernando Valenzuela and Fausto Vera had half-chances and Esequiel Barco struck the crossbar from distance.
However Australia have been vigorous and Riley McGree, a 2018 Puskas Award nominee with an unimaginable scorpion kick effort for Newcastle Jets, virtually scored one other memorable purpose.
This time, nevertheless, his highly effective overhead kick was held by Argentina goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma.
The Olyroos have been handed a vital one-man benefit on the stroke of half-time.
Ortega was booked for felling Nathaniel Atkinson and, simply seconds later, the Argentina full-back was proven a second yellow card for pushing McGree.
Duke practically doubled the Olyroos’ lead inside seconds of the restart as his chip clipped the crossbar.
Argentina edged their means again into the competition however the movement was disrupted by a raft of bookings.
Atkinson, Duke, Souttar, Caleb Watts, Connor Metcalfe and Denis Genreau have been all cautioned for the Olyroos, however victory was sealed 10 minutes from time.
Duke did properly to arrange Tilio and the substitute swept dwelling from 20 yards simply moments after approaching to the pitch.
Australia virtually prolonged their lead in harm time when Duke struck the surface of a publish.
The Olyroos’ subsequent sport on Sunday is towards Spain, who have been held to a goalless draw by Egypt of their opener.