THE Socceroos have come from behind to open their Asian Cup campaign with a 4-1 win over Kuwait in Melbourne.
The home fans were silenced when Ali Hussain Fadhel opened the scoring, but the hosts grew into the contest, equalising via Tim Cahill, before Massimo Luongo put the side in the lead to go into the interval 2-1 up.
Ange Postecoglou’s side upped the ante in a more composed, fluid second-half and got the reward via a Mile Jedinak penalty, before James Troisi put the icing on the cake in the final moments.
It is a cautionary tale and a reminder that the Socceroos are not going to have it all their own way in this tournament, despite having the distinctive advantage of playing on home soil and in front of huge support.
Things are going to get far harder from here, starting with Tuesday’s clash with bogy side Oman at ANZ Stadium before the mouth-watering showdown with South Korea in Brisbane four days later.