Socceroos v South Korea analysis, reaction, burning questions, talking points, Jamie Maclaren, goals, Graham Arnold


As the Socceroos returned to home soil for the first time in 12 months, they faced a major pre-Asian Cup test with a clash against powerhouse South Korea.

Despite the absences of star duo Son Heung-Min and Ki Sung Yueng, the Koreans really pushed the Aussies – and it took a last-gasp Massimo Luongo tap-in to seal a draw.

The same question marks continue to hang over this team, with goals at a premium, but some strong introductions helped to ease the concern of another low chance conversion rate. Jamie Maclaren was handed a big chance to mount a case for a regular role up front, but he was not the major winner as Josh Risdon emerged as the top performer.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold
Socceroos coach Graham ArnoldSource: AAP

Graham Arnold has spoken at length about his developing style guide, and we saw glimpses of the overhaul here. While poached Scottish-born debutant Martin Boyle nabbed a highly anticipated first cap off the bench – and played a crucial role in the dramatic equaliser.

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