Relentless Australia Target Japan Next After Making World Cup History
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Fri 08th October 2021 | 10:50 AM
Sydney, Oct 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Oct, 2021 ) :Australia coach Graham Arnold says his only focus is next week's clash with Japan after the Socceroos became the first team to win 11 games in a row in the same World Cup qualifying campaign.
The victory ensured Australia top Group B on goal difference from Saudi Arabia in the third and final round of Asian World Cup qualifying for Qatar, having coasted through the previous rounds with eight straight wins.
"It's something we'll probably reflect on in the future and what a great feat it has been, especially playing 10 out of 11 games away from home," he said.
"But to me it's all about going to Japan and getting ready for Japan in Japan and making it 12 (wins)." Australia head to Japan at the weekend ahead of Tuesday's crunch clash with the Blue Samurai in Saitama, looking to not just bag another win but add to the eight clean sheets they have kept in the 11-match run.
Arnold said there were still areas of their game they must improve on.
"We got dragged into an erratic game at times. Oman threw a lot at us," he said of their first-half performance.
"But once we got the boys in at half-time and calmed them down and we focused more on keeping the ball and moving them sideways and making them chase the ball, I felt that we took over the game."