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The Socceroos notched a crucial 5-1 win over Chinese Taipei to book a place in the next stage of qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

And while the scoreline reflects the dominance of the Australian side, some players will be more pleased than others based on their individual performances.

From three debutants – plus two starting debuts – to a return from seven-year exile, here’s how all the players rated in Tuesday morning’s rout.

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Danny Vukovic: 7.

He’ll be disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet, but there was nothing he could do to save a clinical finish. Made a very strong save in the early minutes to deny a strike at his near post – the only other shot on target he faced. Distributed almost flawlessly.

Curtis Good: 6.

Was pushed into an unfamiliar left-sided role after Brad Smith’s withdrawal from the squad due to injury left Australia lacking in fullbacks. Handled it relatively comfortably, despite it being just his second appearance for the Socceroos – and his first since debuting in March 2014, when he was horribly injured on debut against Ecuador. Passed very well. Good to have him back.

Harry Souttar: 8.

The towering Stoke City defender was simply unstoppable in the air, winning nine of his 11 duels. Five goals from three games puts him equal with Jamie Maclaren as the top scorers in this stage of qualifying – but he could have had more than his single goal today! He struck the crossbar with another header, and sent yet another one bouncing into the keeper’s hands, so he might just be sent for more heading practice on the training paddock this week. Also led the game with six pass breakups. Very strong on both ends.

Trent Sainsbury: 7.5.

Donned the armband, and his leadership role in marshalling a new-look backline was obvious. His combination with Souttar – which impressed in 2019 – raises the prospect of a potential call-up for the Olympics, such was the stability they showed together. His lack of celebration after scoring showed just how intent he was on getting the job done. Five intercepts was the most impressive statistic from a solid effort in all aspects.

Rhyan Grant: 5.

Not his finest performance in the green and gold – and given just how impressive Fran Karacic was on debut against Kuwait, the Sydney FC veteran now looks set for a real battle to retain his jersey in the long term.

Grant was the closest defender when Australia conceded, and he should have stepped off the six-yard box to pick up the attacker. Also got turned inside out as dangerous attacker Estevez unleashed a superb shot in the first half.

Crossed reasonably, creating four chances in the game – including a perfect cross to Mitch Duke, who headed straight at the keeper after 20 minutes. But his passing was below his usual standards.

Riley McGree: 8.5.

Man of the match. On a poor-quality pitch, he passed well and drove the attack onwards. Was willing to take on a defender on the dribble, which is a crucial trait against a defensive-minded side like Chinese Taipei. Played 11 balls into the box and bagged two assists with perfect dead-ball crosses to Souttar and Sainsbury, as well as striking the woodwork himself. Easily the best player in the first half.

Denis Genreau: 7.

Genreau racked up a staggering 108 touches, holding the midfield together and allowing the offence to move around him. At just 22, he looks set for a long career in the green and gold. Despite his relatively defensive position, he put eight balls into the box, second only to McGree. Slowly faded out of action as time wore on.

Kenny Dougall: 8. A strong performance. He dictated the play and played with his head up, lways looking to poke holes in the defence and find space for teammates with his passing.. He ended up completing an impressive 81 of his 85 attempted passes. Solid defensively, except in being drawn out of position for the Chinese Taipei strike.

Brandon Borrello: 4.5.

Borrello struggled to get into the game in the first half, despite having a penalty waved away in the opening minutes.

His night was summed up by a woeful miss from six yards out when it would have been easier to score. Whatever coach Graham Arnold told him at halftime worked, as he floated a perfect cross to Mitchell Duke to score inside 20 seconds from the restart – though the time and space he was granted to make the play was generous from the defence. Was let down by poor decision-making throughout.

Mitchell Duke: 8.

Duke is a manager’s dream – always hardworking, and always willing to throw his body into a battle. A delightful chipped ball behind the line put Jamie Maclaren through on goal in the first half. Scored two goals and was visibly frustrated with himself for not getting more – and given the number of chances he had – eight shots in all – that’s valid.

Jamie Maclaren: 5.5.

Despite the goal, it was a quiet night by Maclaren’s lofty standards – though his clinical scoring record continues, with one goal from two shots. His runs behind the defence were perfectly timed, as we’ve come to expect from the Melbourne City man. Won the penalty on the back of hard work in defence, and converted it with a blasted strike down the middle.

SUBSTITUTES

Connor Metcalfe: 6. An impressive showing off the bench for the 21-year-old A-League gun on debut. Kept things ticking over in midfield nicely after taking over from Dougall.

Chris Ikonomidis: 5.5. Was lively off the bench in his half-hour, but his decision-making wasn’t always spot on – like his wayward shooting.

Ajdin Hrustic: 7.5. Came on in the 74th minute and immediately took control of the game. His ball to Nikita Rukavytsya was utterly sublime, lofted 20 yards onto a dime in the six-yard box. His seven balls into the box in less than 20 minutes prove his creative output and backs up a strong debut against Kuwait.

Nikita Rukavytsya: 7. Only touched the ball a handful of times and still bagged an assist! Was completely calm when he zipped into the box to receive the ball from Hrustic, but still had plenty of work to do to find a teammate. Like Maclaren, struggled to get involved.

Ruon Tongyik: N/A. Only had a handful of minutes to make an impact on debut, but looked unstressed by the big occasion.

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