QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo scores first goal of the season, Celtic's Tom Rogic scores four minute brace, in 7-0 Australia win

Massimo Luongo

Australia defeated Tajikistan 7-0 in World Cup qualifying today.

Australia have romped to a 7-0 victory in their World Cup qualification match with Tajikistan this morning, with plenty of British based players featuring.

Preston North End defender Bailey Wright and Liverpool talent Brad Smith were in the Australia back-line but the other British based players all got on the scoresheet.

Australia took the lead in the game after just two minutes. It was QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo who got the goal, hitting a daisy-cutter into the far corner from outside the box.

The QPR man has been a star for Australia in recent times but he has failed to score for QPR yet in a difficult first season at Loftus Road. In fact, for club and country, this was Luongo’s first goal of the season and QPR fans will hope he can bring that form back to London.

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak scored Australia’s second – netting from the penalty spot. It is his fourth goal of the qualifying campaign for the Soccerroos.

But it was the Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic who really took advantage of the game. The Celtic star scored a screamer against Kilmarnock before departing for international duty. He started the game on the bench but came on in the 68th minute for QPR’s Luongo.

Within four minutes he had scored two goals in an incredible impact from the bench.

The Celtic star was lucky to get his first goal. He hit a side-foot volley from inside the box that came down off the bar and was judged to have crossed the line – although it appears the officials got that wrong, even though the ball was eventually bundled in by an Australian team-mate.

His second goal however was delightful. He struck a sweet first-time strike from the edge of the box with the outside of his left-foot – before Nathan Burns got his second to secure a 7-0 Australia win.

QPR and Celtic fans will hope that the pair can bring that form back to England at the end of this month.

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