Australia tops Canada in London friendly

Action from the international friendly between Australia and Canada (red) on October 15, 2013, at Craven Cottage in London, England. (Photo courtesy of Football Federation Australia)


LONDON – Australia got a goal early in the first half and added two more after the break to defeat Canada 3-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday at Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage.

The Canadians are now 0-1-2 under new head coach Benito Floro, who was charged with rebuilding the team after taking the managerial reins in July. 

Josh Kennedy opened the scoring in the first minute, completing a lightning quick sequence by heading a Mark Bresciano chip past goalkeeper Milan Borjan.

Five minutes, Canada forward Simeon Jackson had a half-volley stopped by Mitch Langerak. The Australian goalkeeper dove to his right to parry the shot off the post.

Langerak denied Canada again on the half-hour mark, making a reflex save off a forceful header Tosaint Ricketts for a corner.

“I think we got the balls in some areas and he made some good saves,” said veteran Dwayne De Rosario, who captained the team and earned his 75th cap.  “It was a little unlucky but the main thing was we were starting to push and take some initiative and find some pokes at goal. That’s the positive we can take from that.”

Canada made multiple substitutions after half-time, replacing veterans with youth.

The Socceroos made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute, when Rhys Williams’ left-footed effort from 17-yards was flicked past Borjan by Dario Vidosic.

In the 79th minute, Matthew Leckie completed the scoreline with his first international goal.  David Carney delivered a pin-point cross from the left that the impressive 22-year-old headed beyond a diving Borjan.

“For the first part, we planned to play the game with experienced players to look for a good result because in the second we planned to play with the young players,” said Floro afterwards.  “It’s necessary with the young players because we need to give them international experience. This is the problem for us.”