Victorians fire as Socceroos rout Kuwait 3-0

Three Victorians led the way for the Socceroos in this morning's FIFA World Cup Qualifier, as the team cruised to a 3-0 victory over Kuwait.

The game was played in stifling heat at the Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City, with 39°C recorded at kick-off.

The occasion also marked the Socceroos' return to action after 567 days. But if there was any rust with team chemistry, it didn't show.  

It took less than a minute for the Aussies to find a breakthrough, as Matthew Leckie rose high to head home Martin Boyle's cross after just 55 seconds.

The Socceroos continued to press and were rewarded in the 25th minute, when James Holland was brought down in the box by Bandar Al Salama.

Although Martin Boyle’s penalty was well saved, Jackson Irvine stormed into the box to pounce on the rebound and double the team's advantage.

The pick of the goals was well and truly left until last however, as Ajdin Hrustic scored his first international goal in spectacular fashion.

Riding high after a strong end to the season with club side Eintracht Frankfurt, Hrustic curled a stunning 30-yard free kick into the top corner and put the result beyond doubt.

The three goal scorers were joined by fellow Victorian Aziz Behic, who put in an inspired defensive display, while A-League top scorer Jamie Maclaren was in the match squad but ended the day as an unused substitute.